As expected by many of the so-called experts, legal wranglers, alleged insiders and average fans, today the University of Miami eagerly and loudly proclaimed "No soup for U" as they self-imposed a post-season ban for the second consecutive year for its football program.
This means that Miami will not be able to compete in the ACC Championship Game even if they win the Coastal Division by beating Duke next Saturday in Durham or go to a bowl game this post-season.
The only bowling Al Golden's team will likely be doing during the off-season in between the many brutal sessions of Andreu Swasey's "U Tough" conditioning program will be at Bird Bowl for some much needed team building activity.
As all UM fans know this move comes in anticipation of the looming NCAA sanctions in the wake of the now infamous Nelson Shapiro scandal at Miami involving alleged extra benefits to players and potential recruiting violations in the football and basketball programs.
The investigation into the NCAA rule violations has dragged on for two years now as University officials and the Hurricane fan base anxiously await the formal NCAA findings and the associated sanctions that are sure to follow.
Now that UM has announced the post-season ban it is likely that the NCAA report is soon to follow and should be announced by the end of November. The University then has the right to accept the sanctions as is or appeal them. That process could easily drag into January or February of next year.
At this point I think that all Hurricane fans will be glad when the University of Miami, its athletic department and its student-athletes can turn the page and put the past sins of this ugly situation clearly in their rear view mirror.
That is when UM head coach Al Golden and the 85 players on the current UM roster will be able to move forward with the much more positive pursuit of winning a sixth National Championship at "The U".