MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. It must be time for high fives and fist bumps. The Miami Hurricanes are bowl eligible.
Well, not precisely.
The Hurricanes (6-5) did reach the NCAA-required six wins Saturday with an impressive 40-9 rout of South Florida at Sun Life Stadium. But Miami, in a possible effort to get more mercy from the NCAA in its investigation of case involving a rogue booster, could self-impose a bowl ban for a second straight year.
So pardon the Hurricanes if they're a bit cautious this time after a win over the Bulls. Last season, they beat USF 6-3 in Tampa on Nov. 19 to get to what they thought was bowl eligibility. Instead, they were told the next day the team would be staying home.
"True," senior wide receiver Kendal Thompkins, who caught one of the three touchdown passes from 413-yard passer Stephen Morris, said of being wary after what happened last year. "I mean, I don't know what is going to happen. I don't know what to really expect."...