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The Sports Brothers: November 21, 2012

caines | 11/22/2012, 5 a.m.

Hurricanes on the right road

MiamiHurricanes officials did what they had to do this past Mondaymaking whatthey called an "unprecedented decision" to self-impose a postseason ban for the second straight year, effectively ending any chance of the Hurricanes playing in either the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game or a bowl. As was the case a year ago,this decision was made due to the ongoing NCAA investigation into the school's compliance practices or the Nevin Shapiro scandal as some would call it. The inquiry began in 2011 after Shapiro went public with allegations that he provided dozens of athletes and recruits with extra benefits such as cash and gifts. By punishing itself again, Miami whichisstill waiting to hear from the NCAAregarding these allegations is hoping toease the hit of anyexpected sanctions that could be handed down when the investigation ends. Schools often self-impose penalties in hopes that the NCAA takes those measures into account whenhanding out punishment. Miami clearly did the right thing here. Surely the NCAA will recognize that the University is admitting some fault and holding itself accountable with this pair of postseason bans. Considering that they had a chance at a bowl game berth this year,that should look good in the eyes ofthe NCAA. Whenever the process ends, sanctions against the football and men's basketball programs are expected. This past Saturday after the Hurricanes (6-5) became bowl-eligible with a 40-9 win over South Florida, Miami coach Al Goldenspoke about how his team has handled endless distractions and how proud he is of his players. The long road back to respectability begins now. The Sports Brothers, Jeff Fox & Ed Freeman, can be heard daily on WMEN 640 Sports.