Miami Hurricanes running back Stephen McGuire wore a knee brace and a frown yesterday.
The Hurricanes' leading rusher was ruled out of action for two to four weeks with a knee injury more serious than first suspected. He might miss the Nov. 16 showdown at top-ranked Florida State.
"I was having fun this year. We're 6-0, and I'm running hard," McGuire said. "Little setbacks like this put a damper on things."
The junior sprained the lateral collateral ligament in his right knee on a goal-line carry in Saturday's 55-0 victory over Long Beach State.
Third-year sophomore Martin Patton will replace McGuire against Arizona Saturday.
* AUBURN: An alumnus said to have given large amounts of cash to a football player said he did not act as a representative of the university.
A lawyer for Bill Frost of Lilburn, Ga., released a statement in which Frost did not deny any of the allegations made by former Auburn player Eric Ramsey. But the statement did seek to distance Frost from the Auburn athletic department.
The statement said: "Mr. Frost is shocked and dismayed that Eric Ramsey, who appealed to him for humanitarian help, would be plotting to hurt Auburn University, which Mr. Frost loves and credits for his success. Mr. Frost in no way acted as a representative of Auburn University or any member of the athletic department."
Ramsey's lawyer has released tape recordings of phone calls Ramsey had with Frost while Ramsey was a cornerback at Auburn.