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November 19, 2012

Miami self-imposes bowl ban

According to CaneSport.com, Miami announced a decision today to self-impose a postseason bowl ban for 2012.

Miami became eligible Saturday after defeating South Florida 40-9.

The decision is the second year in a row Miami will forego the postseason, as they await NCAA allegations (and consequently punishments), stemming from an on-going investigation into their compliance department.

The investigation began after former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro went public with allegations he provided extra benefits to Miami football players.

Miami's announcement means one less bowl-eligible team in the mix for 70 bowl spots, a selection process that Western Kentucky fans are following closely.

WKU finished 7-5 in 2011, but was not selected for a postseason bowl game, while several 6-6 teams (and even 6-7 UCLA) were chosen.

Georgia Tech (6-5) will now play Florida State in the ACC Championship game, after concluding their regular season with an in-state matchup against Georgia.

Georgia Tech was considered bowl eligible at 6-5 overall, but should they drop both games to Georgia and (now) Florida State, they would fall in the selection process behind Western Kentucky, according to this ESPN.com story.

For the full breakdown of WKU's bowl chances entering the final two weeks of regular season play, read our free breakdown here.

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