I’m glad the NCAA’s penalties against Miami came down this week instead of next.
Actually, the offseason would have been the perfect time for such an announcement, but the school and the football team will have ample time to recover mentally from the questions and news reports and articles that will bombard your senses this week.
That’s when Miami will play Florida State in what should be the second meeting of ACC teams ranked in the top 10 in three weeks.
The Hurricanes were almost upset by North Carolina last week, but are 6-0 and No. 7 in the AP poll, their highest ranking since 2005. The Seminoles are 6-0, No. 3 in the AP Top 25 and No. 2 in the BCS.
Both teams have games this week — Miami hosts Wake Forest and FSU is at home against N.C. State — but hopefully they will be undefeated when they meet in Tallahassee at 8 p.m. on Nov. 2.
And hopefully they’ll have a more competitive game than FSU’s 51-14 destruction of Clemson on Saturday. The Hurricanes are talented, but FSU is definitely the best team in the ACC and has a strong shot of playing for the BCS title.
Miami will lose three scholarships a year for the next three years, which is certainly manageable, and will be eligible for a bowl for the first time since 2010. There are lesser penalties, including a minimum of a $100 fine for any impermissible text and seven-day suspension for involved coaches, but the overall repercussions seem fair for the school’s involvement with booster Nevin Shapiro.