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Florida State’s Fisher apologizes for ‘retarded’ comment

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher, left, talks with quarterback EJ Manuel during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. Florida State won 28-22. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher, left, talks with quarterback EJ Manuel during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. Florida State won 28-22. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

Florida State Coach Jimbo Fisher apologized for using the term “retarded” in response to a question about his team’s ranking in the BCS standings that determine which teams play for the national championship.

Fisher said yesterday the present system “stinks” and when asked about Florida State’s being 10th behind three Southeastern Conference teams with two losses, he asked “how retarded is it?”

A few hours later, Fisher apologized. He said that it’s not the way he thinks and he didn’t mean to offend anyone.

Fisher said during his weekly news conference that he believes only coaches are capable of picking the country’s best teams, noting that he voted his team fourth in this week’s coaches’ poll.

The Seminoles are 9-1 overall and also ranked No. 10 nationally.

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