TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- 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 that determine which teams play for the national championship.
After being asked about Florida State's being 10th in the BCS behind three Southeastern Conference teams with two losses, he asked "how retarded is it?"
A few hours later, Fisher 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. Sometimes meaning stupid or foolish, the term has long been considered offensive.
The Seminoles (9-1, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) are ranked No. 10 nationally. They have just one win over a ranked team, Clemson, and two victories over lower division schools. A road defeat to a North Carolina S...