Calling the move prudent and unprecedented, Miami is self-imposing a second consecutive postseason ban on its football program because of an NCAA investigation that is expected to eventually lead to stiff sanctions against the Hurricanes.
The decision was announced to players – who described the mood as disappointing and shocking – early Monday morning.
By skipping another bowl season, Miami is hoping to minimize the impact of any looming sanctions that could be handed down.
FLORIDA: Coach Will Muschamp said Monday that quarterback Jeff Driskel will return from a sprained right ankle Saturday when the No. 6 Gators play at 10th-ranked Florida State. But Muschamp stopped short of declaring Driskel the starter.
FLORIDA STATE: All-America defensive end Brandon Jenkins has decided not to take a medical hardship and return for his senior season, opting to move on and play in the NFL.
MAXWELL FINALISTS: Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o are the finalists for the Maxwell Award, which goes to the nation’s top college football player.
STEPPING DOWN: John Gagliardi, the winningest coach in college football history, announced his retirement Monday from Division III St. John’s University in Minnesota.
The 86-year-old Gagliardi retires with a record of 489-138-11.