NCAA hits Miami; Y. still hoping for bowl

MIAMI - The Miami Hurricanes were stripped of 24 football scholarships and banned from bowl games for one year as a result of NCAA sanctions announced today for a financial aid scandal and other violations.

Miami was expected to withdraw from consideration for a bowl game this season as part of its punishment for violating NCAA rules under former coach Dennis Erickson.

The Hurricanes, 8-3 and ranked 22nd, had been in contention for a berth against Notre Dame in the Orange Bowl and the $3 million that goes with it. Instead, the school's streak of 12 consecutive major bowl appearances comes to an end.

In the wake of the Miami decision, Syracuse, which was expected to play in the Carquest Bowl on Dec. 30, could now wind up in the Gator Bowl due to shuffling of bowl selections.

And if that happens, BYU has an outside chance of replacing Syracuse in the Carquest Bowl taking on North Carolina. At least that's what BYU athletic director Rondo Fehlberg has been lobbying for.

The NCAA placed Miami on three years' probation for violations in football, baseball, women's golf and men's tennis.

Miami will lose 13 new football scholarships for the 1996-97 academic year and 11 for 1997-98. There will also be scholarship reductions in the other three sports.

The NCAA's Committee on Infractions cited Miami for a lack of institutional control and monitoring of its athletics program. Violations included more than $223,000 of impermissible fiancial aid distributed among 141 football players.

Grizz take on Moose

Fans of the Utah Grizzlies will get their first chance to see the Minnesota Moose as the two teams square off against each other tonight at 7 p.m. in the Delta Center.

The game was originally scheduled to played on Jan. 10.

Riding a seven-game winning streak, the Grizz (15-4-2, 32 points) are giving the Las Vegas Thunder (18-5-3, 39 points) a good chase for first place in the IHL Southwest Division.

The Moose are in fourth place in the IHL Midwest Division with a 10-16-1 record.

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