18 FIU players suspended after brawl

Oct. 16, 2006 at 11:26 AM
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MIAMI, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Florida International University has announced 18 football players have been suspended for their involvement in a fight with University of Miami players.

The University and the Sun Belt Conference announced that Michael Alls, Scott Bryant, Roland Clarke, Michael Dominguez, John Ellis, Cory Fleming, Reggie Jones, Marshall McDuffie, Robert Mitchell, Quentin Newman, Louis Pena, Jarvis Penerton, Julian Reams, Lionell Singleton, Chris Smith, Samuel Smith, Mannie Wellington and Chandler Williams would be barred from playing an Oct. 28 game in Alabama after the Orange Bowl brawl, the Miami Herald reported Monday.

Eleven of the 18 suspended Golden Panthers are starters, the Herald said.

Eight FIU players were ejected from the Orange Bowl after a fight broke out in the third quarter. Some FIU players have said the ejections were lopsided.

''I don't know how they did the ejections, but that's crazy,'' said receiver Chandler Williams, who was ejected and suspended after the fight.

''The (game officials) got rid of our main players and (Miami) loses four or five of their guys who don't contribute,'' said defensive back Singleton.

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