FIU dismisses two players after brawl with Miami

Oct 17, 2006 - 1:22 AM GREENSBORO, North Carolina (Ticker) - One day after the Atlantic Coast Conference and Sun Belt Conferences suspended 31 players one game for their actions in an ugly in-game fight on Saturday night, officials from Florida International and Miami weighed in.

FIU on Monday dismissed defensive backs Marshall McDuffie Jr. and Chris Smith from the team and indefinitely suspended 16 players who were suspened Sunday by the Sun Belt Conference.

Meanwhile, Miami extended the suspension of safety Anthony Reddick indefinitely. Reddick took his helmet off during the melee and used it as a weapon, eventually smashing it over the head of a FIU player.

"The NCAA and the Atlantic Coast Conference have principles of sportsmanship to which the University of Miami is committed," Miami athletic director Paul Dee said. "It is important for us to use opportunities such as these to re-emphasize this commitment to sportsmanship and to use it as an opportunity to provide a meaningful learning experience. The University of Miami does not tolerate actions inconsistent with this principle."

The following players will miss the Hurricanes' game at Duke on Saturday: defensive backs Carlos Armour, Bruce Johnson, Brandon Meriweather and Randy Phillips; offensive linemen Chris Barney, Tyrone Byrd and Derrick Morse; linebacker James Bryant; running back Charlie Jones; wide receiver Ryan Hill; tight end DajLeon Farr; and punter Brian Monroe.

After Jon Peattie converted an extra point in the third quarter of Miami's 35-0 victory, a melee broke out as players from both teams ran onto the field. Hurricanes holder Matt Perrelli was tackled and punched by FIU safety Chris Smith, while Reddick took off his helmet and swung it at one player and Meriweather was seen stomping on another.

"What took place in (Saturday) night's Florida International-Miami game has no place in college football," ACC commissioner John Swofford said Sunday. "The conference and the University of Miami are taking this action because of the nature and seriousness of the situation."

The Sun Belt Conference announced the following players will miss the Golden Panthers' matchup with Alabama on October 28: defensive linemen Roland Clark, Reginald Jones, Luis Pena and Jarvis Penerton; linebackers Scott Bryant, Michael Dominguez, Quintin Newman and Mannie Wellington; defensive backs Cory Fleming, Robert Mitchell and Lionell Singleton; running backs John Ellis and Julian Reams; tight end Samuel Smith; wide receiver Chandler Williams; and offensive lineman Michael Allis.

"There is no place in higher education for the type of conduct exhibited in Saturday night's game between Florida International and Miami," Sun Belt Conference commissioner Wright Walter said. "We are taking this action to emphasize that the ideals of amateurism and proper sportsmanship must be exhibited at all times.

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