As of Monday, November 19, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets mascot The Ramblin Wreck takes the field before the game against the Duke Blue Devils at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Georgia Tech defeated Duke 42-24. (Josh D. Weiss-US PRESSWIRE)
ATLANTA — A team that was routed at home by Middle Tennessee and fired its defensive coordinator at midseason will get a chance to play for a BCS bowl bid.
Georgia Tech (6-5) automatically claimed a spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game on Monday when Miami self-imposed a postseason ban for the second straight year, looking to lessen the sanctions from an NCAA investigation.
The Hurricanes (7-4) could have clinched the Coastal Division title with a victory over Duke, which would leave both Miami and the Yellow Jackets with 5-3 conference records. The Hurricanes were positioned to win the tiebreaker since they defeated Georgia Tech in overtime.
Now, it doesn't matter. By self-imposing a postseason ban, Miami is ineligible to play in the Dec. 1 title game at Charlotte, N.C.