TALLAHASSEE — Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher apologized Monday for using the term "retarded" in response to a question about his team's ranking in the BCS standings.
After being asked about FSU (9-1) being 10th in the BCS behind three two-loss SEC teams, he asked "how retarded is it?"
Hours later, he apologized.
"That's not the way I think," Fisher said. "It was a poor choice of words. I didn't mean to offend anyone in any way."
The word "retarded" and its variations are considered hurtful to many and was targeted by the Special Olympics a few years ago to end its use. Many on social media reacted negatively to Fisher's word choice.
The Seminoles are No. 10 in the AP poll. They have one win over a ranked team, Clemson, and two over lower division schools. A road defeat to a four-loss North Carolina State team is also hurting FSU in the computer portion of the BCS ratings.
Fisher said during his weekly news conference that he believes only coaches are capable of picking the country's best teams and that the current system "stinks."
USF: QBs battle on
TAMPA — After a week of open competition, USF coach Skip Holtz said he likes the ongoing battle between redshirt freshman QB Matt Floyd and junior Bobby Eveld for the starting nod Saturday at Miami, but isn't ready to name a starter.
"I've met with both of them. I think it's a very healthy competition going on between the two," said Holtz, who had Floyd as the top backup and Eveld redshirting until B.J. Daniels' season-ending ankle injury Nov. 3 against Connecticut. "Bobby is in the mind-set that, if this team needs me, I'm ready to play. … I think he's really excited about the opportunity if he gets to play, but I don't think Matt's going to go away slowly."
Holtz mentioned Eveld's advantage in experience, having led the Bulls to an overtime win at Miami in one of his two career starts; Floyd has seen only limited playing time in three home games this season. "That's something you have to put into the equation," Holtz said.
KICKOFF SET: USF's game at Cincinnati on Nov. 23 was been set for a 7 p.m. kickoff, with national TV broadcast on ESPN.
Greg Auman, Times staff writer
UM: LB looks good
CORAL GABLES — Miami LB Denzel Perryman has a good shot at playing Saturday against USF. Coach Al Golden said Perryman "is going to be ready" after Monday's brief walkthrough practice. He was listed as co-starter outside alongside Gionni Paul after missing last week's game with an ankle injury.
GONE: The school fired longtime equipment manager Bobby Revilla. School officials said they could not comment on why.
UCF: LB commits
Mario Mathis, an outside linebacker from Thomasville (Ga.) High, committed to the Knights, said his high school coach, Richard Marsh. The 6-foot-2, 245-pounder gives UCF its 13th commitment for 2013. Mathis was headed to Mississippi before a torn ACL required surgery this past offseason. Marsh said Mathis played all of last year on the torn ligament and, post-surgery, played in all 10 games this season.