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Saw this in the AJC today and found it interesting.
Beyond bowl eligibility, Tech may find additional incentive in a goal once thought all but lost – the ACC Coastal Division title. After the weekend, Tech is tied with Duke for third in the Coastal at 3-3, behind Miami (4-2) and North Carolina (3-2). Virginia Tech is fifth at 2-3. The Tar Heels are ineligible to win the division as part of their NCAA sanctions. Florida State plays Virginia Tech Thursday night in Blacksburg, Va. If the Seminoles deal the Hokies a fourth conference loss, then Virginia Tech’s tiebreaker win over the Jackets, at least for the moment, will be rendered moot.
Further, news broke late last week that Miami may take itself out of the division race. The school is under NCAA investigation, and officials are considering a self-imposed bowl ban for a second consecutive year. Such a ban would disqualify the Hurricanes from representing the Coastal in the ACC championship game. Should that occur – the school won’t make an announcement until the team becomes bowl-eligible with a sixth win – Tech would go to Charlotte with wins over North Carolina and Duke and a fourth loss by the Hokies.
It would be a remarkable, if diluted, achievement for the Jackets. But to even consider it, they’ve got a par-3 to tame first.
Man how bad is that division?
Jody Whitt | Clemson 247Sports
There has to be a better way.
I get that Miami is self imposing a bowl ban and what that means, but why does a bowl ban have to take you out of the conference championship? Two totally different things in my book. I don't really consider the CCG to be post-season necessarily, it's integral to determining a conclusion to conference games when you have two divisions.
I see what you're saying, but what if Miami wins the CCG? Normally, they'd go to the Orange Bowl, but if they are self-imposing a bowl ban, who would the ACC send? If it is the runner up, what incentive do they had to even pay the game?
It's a weird deal. FWIW I will believe it when I see it, but the notion is certainly out there.
You're right about that...i just hate thinking that a teams conference games really don't even count. I mean their conference record should really be 0-8 or 0-0. It's a moot point, just doesn't seem right for an undeserving program to get in.
I graduated from Miami, and many of my sources there say if the Canes win the Coastal Division they will NOT self impose a bowl ban this year.
The chances of defeating a Florida State or Clemson team is highly unlikely, but stranger things have happened, so the thought in Coral Gables is play in the ACC title game in hopes of winning, and therefore getting a bid to the Orange Bowl as ACC champs.
If the Canes fall short of the ACC title game, Golden and the administration are likely to self impose again, so that they have already "paid the price" of not going to a bowl twice before the NCAA hands down its sanctions.
But this whole thread is ridiculous because Georgia Tech is not going to beat UNC on Saturday.
This post was edited by DHam 247 20 months ago
Personally, with Miami poised to win the Coastal I think they'd be silly to self impose penalties this season while due process is still playing out. However, there have been some rumblings out there.
As for Georgia Tech/UNC... wouldn't be too confident one way or the other. The Heels have already lost to Duke and Wake, so they don't warrant any guaranteed victories. Neither does Georgia Tech, but still they are always a wild card because of that offense.
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