The Miami Hurricanes have been in the ACC since 2004 and have yet to win a conference championship. In fact, the Hurricanes haven't even been to the title game.
That can all change over the next two weeks if Miami beats Virginia this week and Georgia Tech beats Duke on Nov. 17—the Hurricanes would be coastal division champs.
The real question is—with rumors of sanctions coming down—will Miami accept it?
Originally, I thought the Hurricanes could accept the ACC Championship bid and then turn down the bowl bid, but according to the ACC, that is not an option.
The Miami Herald reported this:
The conference said last week that UM or any team that is considering self-imposing a bowl ban must make its intentions clear before the ACC title game. The ACC said its championship is considered a postseason game and a team cannot self-impose a bowl ban after it plays in that game.
Many close friends and a lot of of people on Twitter are speculating that a two to three year bowl ban is coming our way.
Miami already took a self-imposed bowl ban last year. If it determines to skip the ACC title game and a regular bowl game this season, that would mean Miami has taken care of its punishment—if that rumor is true.
On the flip side, let's say all the rumors are false and the Hurricanes only have a one year or two year bowl ban. Would you really want these players to miss out on postseason play because of rumors?
My answer is, and always will be, yes, skip out on all bowl games this year.
Let's be honest, even if the Hurricanes win out and go on to the ACC championship and miraculously win the ACC title, what do you think would happen if Miami was paired up with a team like LSU or Oregon in a BCS bowl game?
The Hurricanes already played two of the top four teams in the country and lost by a combined score of 93-16—I wouldn't want to live through another lopsided game.
The Miami Hurricanes aren't ready to play in a bowl game right now and with the upcoming sanctions coming it should be in the football team's best interest to show good faith in the system and self-impose the bowl bans just in case those rumors are true.
I know some of you won't be thrilled with the decision, but the future of this Hurricane team is bright and I would hate for the university to play in the bowls this year and possibly be out of the bowls the next two seasons when they will be a much better team.
That being said, let's not get ahead of ourselves. The Hurricanes haven't won anything yet and no one knows what the NCAA punishment will be.
What we do know is that this team is young and the future will bring many more opportunities and chances for better bowl games—you can bank on that.