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.