UPDATE: No Miami decision leaves Tech in limbo

UPDATE, 7:23 p.m. – Sunday could have been the day that Georgia Tech earned a spot in the ACC championship game. Instead, it was just a day to recuperate and to merely begin planning for the showdown with Georgia.

At his weekly Sunday news conference, Miami coach Al Golden said he had not been informed of his school’s decision regarding a postseason ban in the face of pending NCAA sanctions. Tech will play in the ACC championship game against Florida State Dec. 1 in Charlotte if Miami pulls itself out of the postseason for a second consecutive year. It is unclear how long Miami can take to announce its decision.

As of late Sunday evening, no official word had come from the school’s administration.

“I learned a long time not to worry about things I can’t control,” coach Paul Johnson said after the Yellow Jackets’ 42-24 win over Duke, a victory that earned Tech no worse than a share of the Coastal Division championship.

Miami earned bowl eligibility Saturday with a win over South Florida. Golden told reporters that the lack of an announcement may stem from the impact of last year’s announcement after the 11th game of the season, a day after the Hurricanes became bowl eligible. Miami lost the season finale to Boston College. Golden said Sunday “there’s no question” the timing of the self-imposed ban affected the team’s motivation.

Miami is facing a gamble with its decision. Should the school decide to play in the postseason and beat Duke, it will play against in-state rival Florida State for the Hurricanes’ first-ever ACC championship. But if it makes that decision, it’s possible Miami could receive a postseason ban of one or more years from the NCAA in the future when the team could be even stronger.

Miami also runs the risk of excessive self-sanctions with a second consecutive bowl ban, although NCAA compliance experts believe that the Hurricanes are due a multi-year bowl ban after allegations of millions of dollars of impermissible benefits, some with coaches’ knowledge and participation.

Even if Miami doesn’t self-impose, the Jackets can reach Charlotte via the old-fashioned method. If the Blue Devils beat the Hurricanes, Tech will win the Coastal with a better record than the Hurricanes. Tech could still tie with North Carolina at 5-3, but the Tar Heels are already ineligible for NCAA misdeeds of their own. Miami-Duke starts at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, 30 minutes after the kickoff Tech-Georgia, which could mean a busy afternoon of channel flipping for Tech fans.

“They’ve got another game to play,” Johnson said of the Hurricanes. “That (Duke) crowd we played today is tough. They played hard. They compete. I don’t think they are going to roll over.”

Duke coach David Cutcliffe, who has led the Blue Devils to bowl eligibility for the first time since 1994, will have to rally a team that Saturday saw its ACC title hopes dashed at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

“It’s too significant a year to not prepare and play well against Miami,” Cutcliffe said. “Our seniors are 5-1 in Wallace Wade (Stadium). I’m telling you, that’s hugely significant. We need to go prepare starting (Sunday) night like a team that intends to win.”

With uncertainty hanging over its head, Tech needs similar intent. Tech opened as a 14-point underdog Sunday to the Bulldogs, ranked No. 3 in both polls and winners of 10 of the past 11 games in the series. The topic was addressed in the locker room following Tech’s win over Duke.

“Everyone knew that next week was going to be the biggest game of the year for us,” said A-back Robbie Godhigh, who scored multiple touchdowns for the second game in a row. “We’re just ready to go out there and fight.”

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

138 comments Add your comment

GT-UT

November 18th, 2012
5:15 pm

Jtc

November 18th, 2012
5:20 pm

Gutless thugs. Still we should have beaten the U in regulation and not have thus issue.

GtBuzz81

November 18th, 2012
5:20 pm

GT-UT,What did you win?

GT-UT

November 18th, 2012
5:21 pm

Oh yeah! That’s two this week!
Thanks Ken for the updates. Planning the vacation time around the big game!
Go Jackets!!

GtBuzz81

November 18th, 2012
5:21 pm

GtBuzz81

November 18th, 2012
5:22 pm

Any prize for third place?

MisterT

November 18th, 2012
5:22 pm

I wonder if the u is concerned with FSU fans/alum claiming that they are afraid to play them.

THWg!

GT-UT

November 18th, 2012
5:23 pm

GTBuzz…won a couple days off around Thanksgiving and a chance to enjoy me some good ole fashion hate-fest. THWG!

The Shu

November 18th, 2012
5:24 pm

Come on already, The “u”!!!!! The suspense is killing me! THWG,

GT-UT

November 18th, 2012
5:25 pm

Third place gets you a win over UGA!!!!

btgt69

November 18th, 2012
5:30 pm

I really want my “beloved yeller jakits” to go CLT. However, I also feel for the Miami players who have worked so long and hard to qualify for a bowl. It would be a real kick in the face for them,, why should they want to stay there if they are penalized with a ban. Punish the guilty players, the boosters, the administration,,, not the innocent. I still feel the pain of having our championship stripped from us due to admin errors.

Ken Sugiura

November 18th, 2012
5:31 pm

well done, GT-UT. You win … my congratulations.

AlabamaRamblinwreck

November 18th, 2012
5:40 pm

Ken: Are you saying above that it is now likely there will not be an announcement until next week?

GSUStud

November 18th, 2012
5:40 pm

Ga Tech is not worthy of playing in the championship. They have been downright embarrassing to the state of Georgia. Ga Tech should even decline a bowl invitation if asked. Ga Tech had their chance of beating Miami and lost to them too.

White&Gold

November 18th, 2012
5:45 pm

GSUStud, who took a piss in your luck charms this morning? My goodness.

Paul in Nh

November 18th, 2012
5:56 pm

GSU2×4 is talking about embarrassing the state of GA? I guess that win over Rhode Island was big.

Stinger 1

November 18th, 2012
5:56 pm

GSUStud : Your team won one game. What does that record may GSU worthy of?

Supersize that order, mutt

November 18th, 2012
5:59 pm

GSU DUD…..you have been claiming for several days that Johnson is scared to schedule Ga Southern. Tech HAS scheduled them for sometime in the near future, but there was no way for Johnson to get them scheduled to play during the past 4 years, because the OOC schedules for both Tech and UGA (and probably all schools) are made like 10 years in advance. Presbyterian was an exception this year because of the rescheduled VT game. But I can assure you Johnson is not scared to play anybody, and it was probably his doing that GS will be on the schedule soon.

Wondering

November 18th, 2012
5:59 pm

It says sad things for the state of the ACC that GT — and even Miami — could be eligible for a championship. Neither is more than mediocre.

Micheal Jackson

November 18th, 2012
6:00 pm

Glad to see someone using my “Moon Walk” to possibly slip into the ACC Championship.

Supersize that order, mutt

November 18th, 2012
6:02 pm

Sorta like UGA slipping into the SEC championship in spite of a 28 point loss to USCe, huh?

Fred

November 18th, 2012
6:02 pm

Is there a typo in your third paragraph?

Should “after” be “until after”?

Thanks.

coachpaul

November 18th, 2012
6:08 pm

Derek Dooley

November 18th, 2012
6:16 pm

Hi GT, Coach Dooley here. Or should I say heeeah. I’m available if you ever decide to get fed up with your current coach. Longshot I know, y’all have had a bunch of that triple wishbone veer whirlybird kool aid and are mesmerized that one day it may be effective. Still, I’m available and that’s just supah.

THWg

November 18th, 2012
6:17 pm

When do you think an announcement will be made?! I’ve been waiting around all day to hear an announcement like a kid on Christmas Eve!

Willy

November 18th, 2012
6:22 pm

Ken, Great job covering the Jackets this year! It’s been a roller-coaster of a season.

coachpaul

November 18th, 2012
6:23 pm

You can’t have my job Derek! They’ll put up with me until I tell ‘em I don’t want to work there anymore. Don’t you understand the GT fanbase? They’ll put up with anyone if you can just beat their only rival once a decade.

spider

November 18th, 2012
6:23 pm

wow uga and fsu back to back weeks, doesnt sound good to me, murray will light us up for at least 500 yards on saturday.

spider

November 18th, 2012
6:28 pm

ken, what is the cutoff time for miami decison today? our pass defense is pathetic, duke qb went up and down the field with no problem, no pass rush at all, he had all day to throw the ball, saturday might be a big nightmare.

Fleabag

November 18th, 2012
6:31 pm

Hey supersize what you talkin bout? UGA has one loss to a top ten BCS team. Tech has lost to everyone but my local high shcool. Gonna fininsh 6-6 barely bowl eligible and you guys are talkin championship? WTF

White&Gold

November 18th, 2012
6:31 pm

If Georgia fans are gonna troll and represent themselves as a Georgia fan than fine, but don’t play the imposter role. Mainly your right now, Spider. Sounds like you’re off you meds. Murray for 500 yards? You’re obviously not a Tech fan. Just a loser.

Greg

November 18th, 2012
6:32 pm

Yeah, 11-1 UGA making the championship in the conference that’s won the last 6 national titles is exactly like 6-6 Tek playing for the title in the East Coast’s version of the WAC. Great analogy.

Maybe GT can get a rematch with MTSU in a bowl game. Wouldn’t want that…they’d just beat you like you stole something from them again.

Woodstockgt

November 18th, 2012
6:34 pm

I actually hope Miami doesn’t self impose a ban. Let them beat Duke and go. Then take what NCAA gives them which I hope is severe considering everything they did. If Duke beats em, then we go. If they do self impose, then we will go. Do I want to go? Yes, but don’t want to act like Miami is doing us a favor. They are not and it’s not our fault that program is crooked!

White&Gold

November 18th, 2012
6:34 pm

Fleabag, Florida a top ten BCS team? LOL! Probably more overrated than you guys are. Have you not watched them sense you beat them. Beat Mizzou 14-7, Beat Louisiana Lafayette off a blocked punt, and beat Jack. State 23-0. All of which at home. Oh yeah, they’re legit. haha.

JB

November 18th, 2012
6:36 pm

Did someone say something about Tech afraid to play Ga State???? Good golly. GSU is nowhere near a contender. I’m pretty sure if Tech will play UGA that kind of says it all.

Woodstockgt

November 18th, 2012
6:39 pm

Spider- nice disguise as a tech fan. Why don’t I go to the Uga blog and log in as Hairy dog95 . I got better things to do, u stupid clown!

Go Jackets

November 18th, 2012
6:39 pm

agree woodstock….no need to embarass ourselves on the national stage anymore than we have to.Lets take our beating this week and slink into the offseason…..wishing/hoping/praying that the new AD runs Fish-fry off.

GJ

November 18th, 2012
6:41 pm

If Miami imposes the ban and cannot go to ACC title game, I think MTSU should go

Down go the DAWGS!

November 18th, 2012
6:41 pm

What if.. Tech BEATS the DAWGS this week? What a gift that would be! Think about it Tech fans

Daliy Aued

November 18th, 2012
6:43 pm

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White&Gold

November 18th, 2012
6:44 pm

So sad that so many dWag fans need to disguise themselves as Tech fans. Wish AJC made members chose a permanent name when they register.

GJ

November 18th, 2012
6:45 pm

2012 has to be worst year ever for ACC football. The best team in conference lost to NC State. And Tech, having lost to MTSU, BYU, Miami among others has a shot to play for the conference title. You gotta be kidding me.

GOT IT GOING ON

November 18th, 2012
6:47 pm

JAMAL GOLDEN GOT MORE AUTHORITY THAN AL GOLDEN..GO JACKETS

Supersize that order, mutt

November 18th, 2012
6:50 pm

@ W&G…..the AJC is too cheap to do anything sensible like that. And that’s not just conjecture on my part. I was told by the interim digital team leader (whatever the hell that is) that because of expense and time involved in implementing a system like that, it is not a priority. In other words, they don’t give a damn about protecting the rights of bloggers and are not going to do anything.

jeffjacket

November 18th, 2012
6:51 pm

All of you are a bunch of wusses! This is a football blog for GT! Do you really understand the game of football? You take the field and play 4– 15 minutes quarters with every ounce of love and dignity you have for your school , your teammates and get game of college football! Many of you do not understand , if you ever had , just a taste of what I am talking about , you would never , never , have a defeated mind-set!
We will play anybody, anywhere , anytime , just ask CPJ.

GO JACKETS!!! TO HELL WITH GA!!!!

Supersize that order, mutt

November 18th, 2012
6:53 pm

@ jeffjacket……AMEN, BROTHER !!!!!

yeller bug

November 18th, 2012
6:55 pm

Hey we’ve got more than enough to worry about this week with the gravy-sucking dwags….forget about UM—let them do what they do—I hope they lose focus and get beat by Duke.

I hope as a backup plan in case we did not become Bowl eligible, CPJ was staying up nights coming up with a scheme to score often on UGA–(GT will never fire a coach who beats UGA). I don’t see us getting long, sustained drives like Sat against Duke. We’re going to have to try a few home run balls and trick plays. Hopefully UGA will be focused on Alabama on not worry about us bugs.

spider

November 18th, 2012
6:58 pm

white and gold, were you at the game yesterday???? I was, duke qb went up and down the field with all the time in the world, there was no pass rush at all, gt never touched him till late in 4th qtr. murray is a much better qb and has much better receivers, you are the one who needs to get off the meds.

jeffjacket

November 18th, 2012
7:03 pm

Someone please explain to me this terrible fear of THE JAILYARD DOGS!

1- They played 2 good football teams this year and lost to one of them.
2- They beat what seems to be maybe not a really good Gator team.
3- They will have prepare for 1 quarterback , 2 quarterbacks?
4- So you guys think Kentucky, Missouri, Ole Miss can get yards on the ground and we cannot? Are you kidding me?
5- Oh, I forgot , they the the “Heisman” candidate as their QB , do you realize his TD to Turnover ratio is among the worse in the SEC when playing a quality opponent, what this means is ” Hit the boy in the mouth” , he loses it.

I , for one , like our chances!

GO JACKETS!! TO HELL WITH GA!

jeffjacket

November 18th, 2012
7:06 pm

@spider

While you at the game , did you bother to look up at the scoreboard when it showed four zero’s? Duke only had 24 points , do you realize what a great accomplishment that is for a strong offense (Duke) against a flawed defense(GT)? All you can ask of your team is to play hard and improve every week , GT has done that.