Head coach Paul Johnson talks to his players from the sideline during the first half against the Maryland Terrapins at Byrd Stadium on November 3, 2012 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami is self-imposing a postseason ban for the second straight year in response to a lengthy and ongoing NCAA investigation into the school's compliance practices.
University officials announced the decision Monday morning, shortly before the Hurricanes (6-5) started practice for what now is their season-finale at Duke this weekend.
Miami's decision effectively ends the ACC's Coastal Division race; Georgia Tech will play Florida State for the ACC crown and an Orange Bowl berth.
By self-imposing another ban, Miami is hoping to lessen the hit of any looming sanctions that could be handed down by the NCAA. It's surely a disappointment for the Hurricanes, since Miami still had a chance to win the Atlantic Coast Conference championship.
The Yellow Jackets (6-5, 5-3 in ACC play) are appearing in their first ACC Championship game since 2009, when they downed Clemson, 39-34 in a victory that had to be later vacated.
The ACC Championship Game is scheduled for Saturday, December 1 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.
Georgia Tech closes its regular season Saturday against number 3-ranked Georgia in Athens.