Groin punch earns Miami DT suspension
Miami (Fla.) defensive tackle Micanor Regis was suspended for Saturday's game against Georgia Tech for punching a North Carolina player in the groin last weekend.
Miami coach Al Golden announced the senior starter's punishment Wednesday.
"Micanor's actions in the North Carolina game will not be tolerated," the first-year coach said in a statement. "We expect our players to represent our program with class on and off the field, and when they do not, there are consequences.
"Quite honestly I'm embarrassed and I just apologized to [UNC] Coach [Everett] Withers and shared that sentiment. We do not teach, nor will we ever condone, this type of behavior in our football program."
Cameras caught Regis, a six-foot-three, 300-pounder, punching Tar Heels receiver Dwight Jones in the groin after a play early in the third quarter of Miami's 30-24 win.
"I'm truly sorry for my foolish actions Saturday during the North Carolina game," Regis said in a statement issued by the school. "It was hurtful, wrong and embarrassing to both football programs, to both schools and to the millions of college football fans that were watching. Specifically, I want to apologize to Dwight Jones, Coach Withers and the entire UNC football team. I am hoping and praying that you all forgive me for my actions."
Regis has recorded 25 tackles and two sacks this season.
Miami heads into Saturday's home contest at 3-3 after winning its first ACC game of the season. Georgia Tech is coming off its first loss of the season, 24-21 at Virginia, and is ranked 22nd in the nation.