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Golden jabs Dolphins for Gator Day; Regis makes strange apology

CORAL GABLES -- Hurricanes fans made their feelings felt Sunday by booing Urban Meyer and the Gators when they were honored at halftime Sunday of the Dolphins-Broncos game at Sun Life Stadium.

Monday, UM coach Al Golden took his jab at the Dolphins when asked about the ceremony that will take place Thursday night to honor UM's 2001 national title team when the Canes (4-3, 2-2 ACC) host Virginia (4-3, 1-2 ACC).

"I'm just glad we got it right, honoring the right team on Thursday night," Golden said. "Clearly a lot of those guys have set the standard here. That's what we're trying to get back to. We're not going to get there overnight, but man they set the standard with the way they played and their work ethic and commitment to each other."

Last week reporters tried to get former Hurricane and current Dolphins right guard Vernon Carey to talk about the Gators being honored at Sun Life Stadium. But Carey declined to get into it.

UM spokesman Chris Freet said the Dolphins approached UM about having a ceremony to honor the 2001 National Title team, but the Canes already had made plans to honor them themselves at halftime of this week's game against Virginia. The reason: a Thursday night game allowed more of them on NFL rosters to be in town for it.


UM defensive tackle Micanor Regis, who served a one-game suspension Saturday for punching a North Carolina player in the crotch a week prior, met with reporters Monday briefly in what might have been the strangest interview ever. Regis didn't address what happened, sported a grin for much of the interview and dodged questions.

When told his actions seemed unlike him by a reporter, Regis said: "I'd like to thank my team. They pulled the win out for me. I'd like to thank them."

The reporter then followed up, "That wasn't what I asked you. I asked you this was unlike you, so why did it happen?"

Regis' response: "I'd like to thank my team. They did a great job with the win, especially with Georgia Tech. I love them guys."

Asked how hard it was for him to miss a game, he said: "It was very tough, man."

"Do you feel remorse?" Regis was asked. Regis then turned to a reporter who was there previously: "Tell them what I said earlier," he said.

That reporter declined, so Regis then said, "Once again I want to apologize to everybody. You know, I regret it. I just want to move on from it. That's it."

Regis was finally asked if knowing Darius Smith had a real good game made him less sure of his starting role. Again Regis responded, "I'd just like to thank my teammates for pulling it out for me. I love them."

UM, which uploads all the videos it records of reporters' interviews with players on YouTube, took down Regis' interview about half an hour after uploading it.

> Golden required Regis to perform community service at the Miami Rescue Mission Saturday while his teammates played. Asked about that, Regis said: "I was helping out with those guys. I'd like to thank them, too. They gave me an opportunity to help out. I was helping out with the shelter and everything. It was a blessing for me."