TALLAHASSEE — Freshman Bert Reed, one of five FSU receivers forced to miss Saturday's game against Boston College, said he was "shocked" about being suspended for his role in last week's campus brawl.
Although he didn't offer specifics about the incident involving football players and fraternity members, Reed said Monday that his only involvement was in trying to keep the peace.
"I really didn't think my name would get mixed up in it too much like it did," said Reed, the first of the five players to publicly discuss the case. "I was trying to be the mediator in the whole thing."
Reed, who is second on the team with three touchdown receptions, said he thought he would be cleared after giving a sworn statement to police.
"I was shocked," Reed said of his reaction when coaches told him Friday that he would be suspended. "I was honest with them, and I just hope this whole thing works itself out and it can be over."
Taiwan Easterling, Corey Surrency, Richard Goodman and Cameron Wade were also suspended. FSU scored only two touchdowns in a 27-17 loss, the Seminoles' lowest offensive output in nearly two months.
"If we were there, we don't know what we could have done or what could have happened, or if the game could have been different," said Reed, who watched the game with Easterling. "It's not completely on us, but I feel like we had a lot to do with (the loss)."
FSU police have not filed any charges, but some are expected this week. Coach Bobby Bowden said if it is his decision, all five players will return to action Saturday at Maryland.
INJURY UPDATE: Senior S Darius McClure had an MRI on his left knee Monday, but FSU had not received the results.
USF: Is Canales a Utah State candidate?
TAMPA — Mike Canales, USF's receivers coach and passing game coordinator, has been mentioned by two Utah newspapers as a possible candidate for the head coaching opening at his alma mater, Utah State.
Canales, 47, who played quarterback at USU, graduating in 1984, was mentioned as a candidate by the Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News. Utah State coach Brent Guy was fired Monday after struggling through four seasons, going 8-38.
Canales, who could not be reached for comment Monday, was a finalist when Guy got the job in 2005. Utah State hired a new athletic director, Scott Barnes, in March.
"The program has yet to established any significant or consistent momentum nor has that progress translated into wins," Barnes said Monday.
Canales' son, T.J., is a freshman quarterback at rival Utah this fall.
UM: Georgia Tech has been a nemesis
CORAL GABLES — Miami OL Reggie Youngblood knows time is running out to cross certain things off his to-do list.
The senior hasn't gotten a league championship ring. Hasn't been part of a 10-win season. Hasn't experienced a BCS game, either.
But one thing on Youngblood's list gets top billing this week.
"I've never beaten Georgia Tech," Youngblood said.
Since Miami began ACC play in 2004, every matchup against Georgia Tech has left a bad taste.
The lone Miami win in the series since joining the ACC came with a big price: The Hurricanes beat Georgia Tech in 2004 but lost LT Eric Winston to a major knee injury and soon saw their championship hopes slip away.
Georgia Tech stunned the then-No. 3 Hurricanes in 2005, 14-10. In 2006, Miami lost 30-23, and last year, the Hurricanes got outgained 244-79 in the second half in a 17-14 defeat.
Beating Georgia Tech (7-3, 4-3) would put Miami (7-3, 4-2) on the cusp of winning the ACC Coastal Division title, and keep it positioned to play in a BCS game — the Orange Bowl — for the first time since Jan. 1, 2004.
"This is just like Week 1 for us," C Xavier Shannon said. "We just want to win games. We're not thinking about anything else."
Times staff writer Greg Auman contributed to this report, which used information from Times wires.