The Miami Hurricanes have nothing to worry about this season. After years of speculation, the NCAA finally ruled on the Miami Hurricanes’ violations on Tuesday morning. Bruce Feldman of CBSsportsline.com confirmed that Miami will lose nine scholarships over three years. All in all, that’s some fairly good news for a program that could have been in ruins.
Miami made a calculated decision and it worked out perfectly. The last two seasons, under Al Golden, the Hurricanes placed self imposed postseason bans for the football team. While they would have had extra practice time, it seems the decision was the right choice. In 2011 they were (6-6), and last season they were (7-5). We’ve seen programs turn down bowl bids without sanctions hanging over their head. Bruce Feldman notes, the Hurricanes were "proactive in self sanctioning" (3) games the previous two seasons. This undoubtedly helped with Tuesday's results.
This year Miami is already (6-0), and they have the potential to play in any postseason game they deserve. That means the Hurricanes will have the opportunity to play in the ACC championship game. If they win out, they’ll be one of the favorites for the BCS title game.
In fact, the loss of nine scholarships is really no punishment at all. Miami beat the NCAA to the punch and average teams took the hit. Now all they have to do is win.