Eight Miami players suspended for brawl

Monday, October 16, 2006

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- At least eight Miami players were suspended Sunday for their role in a sideline-clearing brawl against Florida International, the latest -- and perhaps worst -- on-field incident to plague the Hurricanes.

Five of those players were ejected, meaning they drew automatic sanctions from the Atlantic Coast Conference and the university. Miami coach Larry Coker punished three others after reviewing tape of the incident, which marred the Hurricanes' 35-0 win Saturday night over their neighboring rival.

"Disgraceful," Coker said.

ACC officials were meeting Sunday to review the brawl. Meanwhile, FIU officials expected to hear from Sun Belt Conference officials about sanctions today.

The suspensions come at a terrible time for Miami (4-2), which has six ACC games remaining -- and probably needs five wins to even have a chance at playing for the conference title.

FIU (0-7) lost eight players to ejection.

-- The Associated Press

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