Cornerbacks Antrel Rolle of Miami and DeAngelo Hall of Virginia Tech were suspended for a sideline fight in the Hokies' 31-7 victory over the Hurricanes on Saturday.
Rolle will miss No. 6 Miami's game against No. 18 Tennessee, and Hall will miss the first half of the fifth-ranked Hokies' game at No. 25 Pittsburgh.
Hall and Rolle fought near the Miami bench with about five minutes left.
Hall was suspended for a half because he was in the game at the time of the fight; Rolle was not. The suspension lengths are automatic under NCAA guidelines.
"Certainly I think it's unfair, but that's the way the rule reads and we'll abide by that," Miami coach Larry Coker said, alleging Hall threw the first punch.
ENCOURAGING WORDS: It's a tradition, passed down from Bernie Kosar to Ken Dorsey.
After a quarterback's first loss as Miami's starter, former Hurricanes phone or visit the new victim _ in this case, Brock Berlin _ to offer encouragement and advice.
Since Saturday's loss _ Berlin was benched after two costly turnovers _ the legends are coming to commiserate.
"They all know the feeling of what it's like to lose a game," said Berlin, who hadn't lost as a starter since junior high. "It's great to have those kinds of people, and also teammates and coaches that are so good keeping us up. "I was very disappointed, and still I'm disappointed. But the big thing now is we've got to move on. You can't sit and think about it."
Coker will stick with Berlin against the Volunteers.
The endorsement was important in sending a message that Berlin is still the No. 1.
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UF running backs hurting
GAINESVILLE _ One of the main reasons Florida's running game struggled in Saturday's win against Georgia was the tailbacks are banged up.
Coach Ron Zook said sophomore Ciatrick Fason injured his shoulder during the game and was limited during practice.
Senior Ran Carthon has been nursing a hamstring injury since the LSU game Oct. 11. Though he was able to play against the Bulldogs, Carthon said he is not 100 percent. He said he will play Saturday against Vanderbilt.
TIME ANNOUNCED: Kickoff for Florida's game against South Carolina on Nov. 15 is 12:30 p.m. It will be shown on Ch. 38.
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Pope limited in practice
TALLAHASSEE _ Florida State linebacker Kendyll Pope went through a light practice.
Pope has missed two straight games because of a knee injury. He wore a brace and was held out of contact drills.
Coach Bobby Bowden said Pope could return to full practice as early as today. Pope said he expects to play for the third-ranked Seminoles against Clemson on Saturday.
AWARD: Cornerback Leroy Smith, who returned an interception 90 yards for a touchdown and jarred a ball loose from a Notre Dame receiver that led to an interception, was named the ACC's defensive back of the week.
TV AND TIME: Saturday's game at Clemson will be on ESPN2 at 7:45 p.m., and FSU's home finale against N.C. State on Nov. 15 will be at 3:30 p.m. on Ch. 28.
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