Miami quarterback Mark Richt, the starter since Jim Kelly's season-ending injury five games ago, and another of the Hurricanes were given one-game suspensions for violating a team rule and will be held out of Saturday's game at Maryland, Coach Howard Schnellenberger announced.
Schnellenberger declined to elaborate on the violations by Richt and freshman linebacker Bruce Fleming. He emphasized it was not related to either player's performance in the 24-7 loss to Florida State.
Schnellenberger ordered an 11 p.m. curfew, three hours earlier than normal, Saturday night after the defeat and the team reported for a Sunday morning special meeting and practice. Both players reportedly complied with the curfew and attended the practice session.
"My only comment is that I broke one of the rules," Richt told The Miami Herald. "Now I guess I have to pay for it by not being able to play. Things happen. I made an error in judgment. It happened between after the game ended and this morning . . . I'll work my way back to No. 1, hopefully."
Kyle Vanderwende, a redshirt freshman who saw action for three plays against Florida State, will replace Richt. He has completed two of four passes this season for one net yard.