ACC Championship Game: Miami Imposes Sanctions, Georgia Tech Wins Coastal

By M. Shannon Smallwood
Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

The 2012 season just keeps getting stranger and stranger for ACC Football as the Miami Hurricanes announced this morning that is is self-imposing Post-Season and Bowl Game sanctions for the second year in a row officially ending its season.

Interim Athletic Director Blake James informed the team of the decision Monday morning along with University President Donna Shalala and the school’s legal counsel.

“Considerable deliberation and discussion based on the status of the NCAA inquiry went into the decision-making process and, while acknowledging the impact that the decision will have on current student-athletes, coaches, alumni and fans, a determination was made that voluntarily withholding the football team from a second postseason was not only a prudent step for the University to take but will also allow for the football program and University to move forward in the most expedited manner possible,” said the university’s statement.

The University and President Shalala have been clear from the start of the inquiry that Miami will cooperate fully and will seek the truth, no matter where the path might lead and that the institution will be stronger because of it. The University has already taken proactive measures to ensure more strict compliance with NCAA rules and continues to evaluate further steps.”

The announcement from Coral Gables, Florida, officially crowns the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets the winner of the Coastal Division and punches is ticket to face the 10th-ranked Florida State Seminoles.

So after 12 weeks of College Football, the ACC Title Game features an explosive and talented FSU squad who can’t get any higher than 10th in the BCS Rankings versus a Yellow Jacket squad that was ready to fire its coach three weeks ago.

Amazingly, this is the first time Tech and FSU have faced each other since 2009 in a game the Jackets won in Tallahassee, Florida, 49-44, and will be the first time the two have faced one-another in the Title Game.




M Shannon Smallwood has over 10 years of experience in broadcasting and journalism in professional baseball and college athletics and is the ACC Football Guru, SEC Voice of Reason and College Football Comedian for Rant Sports. He is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and the US Basketball Writers Association.

Follow him @woodysmalls.

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