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College football roundup: Miami self-imposes 2012 bowl ban

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The University of Miami announced Monday it had imposed a postseason bowl ban for the second straight season.

The Hurricanes felt the move was in the best interest of the program pending the ongoing NCAA investigation into a lack of institutional control.

Miami players were informed of the decision Monday, two days after beating South Florida to become bowl eligible. With a win at Duke on Saturday, the Hurricanes would've earned a bid to the ACC title game.

Georgia Tech will replace Miami as the Coastal Division representative in the ACC championship game Dec. 1 against Florida State in Charlotte. The winner of that game is guaranteed a bid to a BCS game.

On Nov. 20, 2011, Miami announced it would pass on any bowl invitation as the "right decision" and a necessary measure to protect the integrity of the program and the NCAA's investigation.

The focus of the investigation, which became public in August 2011, was former booster and convicted Ponzi scheme ringleader Nevin Shapiro. He told Yahoo Sports that he provided at least 70 football players and recruits "extra benefits" including cars, access to his yacht, cash, strip-club access and prostitutes from 2002 through 2010. Shapiro alleged to contributing to big-name players and current pros who went to Miami.

---John Gagliardi, college football's winningest coach, announced his retirement from Division III St. John's (Minnesota) University on Monday.

Gagliardi, 86, started his college coaching career in 1949 and has coached at St. John's for 60 years. He has a 489-138-11 record with four national titles. He passed Eddie Robinson in wins in 2003.

The Johnnies finished the year 5-5, including 3-5 in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Gagliardi will stay on the staff until his contract expires at the end of next June. The school is immediately searching for his replacement.

-- UTEP football coach Mike Price avoided the possibility of getting fired by announcing his retirement at a press conference on Monday.

Price, 66, will coach the Miners (3-8) in their final game of the year against Rice, then step down.

In nine seasons at UTEP, Price has won 48 games, second-most in school history. The Miners went 8-4 in each of Price's first two seasons as their head coach, but this will be their seventh straight losing season.

---UCLA running back and special teams contributor Damien Thigpen sustained a torn ACL in the victory over USC on Saturday and is out for the remainder of the year.

Thigpen was the team's third-leading rusher with 262 yards and a pair of touchdowns. On kickoffs, Thigpen was averaging 27 yards a return.

---Penn State senior linebacker Michael Mauti will not play Saturday against Wisconsin because of a knee injury sustained in last Saturday's game against Indiana .

The Wisconsin game is the final regular-season game for the Nittany Lions, who are ineligible for the postseason, so Mauti's career is over.
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