ACC, Sun Belt Conference hand down 31 suspensions for brawl

Updated: October 15, 2006, 11:25 PM ET

GREENSBORO, North Carolina - The Atlantic Coast Conference and Sun Belt Conferences have spoken.

A day after one of the worst brawls in college football history, the ACC and Sun Belt Conference combined to hand down 31 one-game suspensions to players on Miami and Florida International for their actions in an ugly in-game fight on Saturday night.

The following players will miss the Hurricanes' game at Duke on October 21: defensive backs Carlos Armour, Bruce Johnson, Brandon Meriweather, Randy Phillips and Anthony Reddick; offensive linemen Chris Barney, Tyrone Byrd and Derrick Morse; linebacker James Bryant; running back Charlie Jones; wide receiver Ryan Hill; tight end DajLeon Farr; and punter Brian Monroe.

After Jon Peattie converted an extra point in the third quarter of Miami's 35-0 victory, a melee broke out as players from both teams ran onto the field. Hurricanes holder Matt Perrelli was tackled and punched by FIU safety Chris Smith, while Reddick took off his helmet and swung it at one player and Meriweather was seen stomping on another.

"What took place in (Saturday) night's Florida International-Miami game has no place in college football," ACC commissioner John Swofford said. "The conference and the University of Miami are taking this action because of the nature and seriousness of the situation.

"Officials at the University of Miami have been very cooperative in addressing this issue with the conference office. These suspensions send a clear and definitive message that this type of behavior will not be tolerated."

The Sun Belt Conference announced the following players will miss the Golden Panthers' matchup with Alabama on October 28: defensive linemen Roland Clark, Reginald Jones, Luis Pena and Jarvis Penerton; linebackers Scott Bryant, Michael Dominguez, Quintin Newman and Mannie Wellington; defensive backs Cory Fleming, Marshall McDuffie Jr., Robert Mitchell, Lionell Singleton and Chris Smith; running backs John Ellis and Julian Reams; tight end Samuel Smith; wide receiver Chandler Williams; and offensive lineman Michael Allis.

"There is no place in higher education for the type of conduct exhibited in Saturday night's game between Florida International and Miami," Sun Belt Conference commissioner Wright Walter said. "We are taking this action to emphasize that the ideals of amateurism and proper sportsmanship must be exhibited at all times.

"Officials at Florida International University and with the Atlantic Coast Conference have been very cooperative in addressing this issue with us, and it sends a clear signal we will not tolerate this type of behavior."

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