GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- The Atlantic Coast Conference has issued one-game suspensions to North Carolina freshman linebacker Shakeel Rashad for colliding with a Duke player during a substitution, and three officials from the Duke-UNC and Florida State-Miami games.
In the Duke-UNC game, Rashad knocked down receiver Conner Vernon -- who was already lined up -- from behind while running in at the last moment from the sideline. Vernon returned to the game on the next play.
The league also suspended head linesman Tyrone Davis and side judge Angie Bartis "for failure to adhere to correct mechanics of the game and rules related to player safety."
During his weekly news conference, North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said Rashad had "no malice at all" when he collided with Vernon, the Blue Devils' top receiver.
"There was no intention whatsoever on his part, I assure you, to actually run into the guy," Fedora said. "If he would've been more athletic, he probably could've missed him. But I...