Miami senior defensive tackle Micanor Regis has been suspended for Saturday's game against Georgia Tech (No. 22 BCS, No. 20 AP) after he punched a North Carolina player in the groin last weekend, the school announced Wednesday.
"Micanor's actions in the North Carolina game will not be tolerated," first-year coach Al Golden said in a statement. "We expect our players to represent our program with class on and off the field, and when they do not, there are consequences. Quite honestly I'm embarrassed and I just apologized to Coach [Everett] Withers and shared that sentiment.
"We do not teach, nor will we ever condone this type of behavior in our football program."
Regis, who has started all six games for Miami, was caught on video punching North Carolina receiver Dwight Jones as he was tackled in the third quarter. Miami won the game, 30-24, and earned its first ACC win of the season.
"I'm truly sorry for my foolish actions Saturday during the North Carolina game," Regis said in a prepared statement. "It was hurtful, wrong and embarrassing to both football programs, to both schools and to the millions of college football fans that were watching. Specifically, I want to apologize to Dwight Jones, Coach Withers and the entire UNC football team. I am hoping and praying that you all forgive me for my actions."
Regis has 25 tackles this season, including three for losses and one sack. Saturday's game against Georgia Tech is critical to Miami's chances of staying in the Coastal Division race, as the Hurricanes have two conference losses and the Yellow Jackets have one.
Heather Dinich covers the ACC for ESPN.com.