Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 10/22/12
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 also don't know exactly what he was looking at as he was running out there. I know this: he was in panic mode because he was supposed to be on the field and he wasn't out there and they were fixing to snap the ball." The FSU-Miami officiating crew will receive letters of reprimand, while crew chief and referee David Epperley were suspended "for failure to properly administer the 10-second runoff rule" at the end of the first half of a nationally televised game. Originally, after a Florida State false-start penalty, officials ruled the half over because the runoff would have erased the remaining time, so Miami left the field. But Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher used his last timeout to nullify the runoff with 9 seconds left, giving Dustin Hopkins a chance to kick the 46-yard field goal that gave FSU a 13-10 halftime lead on the way to the 33-20 victory.
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