Oregon suspends RB LeGarrette Blount for season
EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon suspended running back LeGarrette Blount on Friday for the remainder of season for punching Boise State defensive end Byron Hout.
As Boise State began celebrating on their famous blue turf, Hout yelled in Blount’s face and tapped him on the shoulder pad. Before Broncos head coach Chris Petersen could pull Hout away, Blount landed a right to Hout’s jaw, knocking him to his knees.
Blount also had to be restrained by police officers from fans heckling him on the way to the locker room after No. 16 Oregon’s 19-8 loss Thursday to the No. 14 Broncos.
Blount’s suspension includes any bowl games. Coach Chip Kelly said Blount will remain on scholarship.
Hout will not be suspended for taunting Blount. Boise State spokesman Max Corbet told The Associated Press in an e-mail that Petersen planned to spend time with Hout this week to help him learn from what happened.
Mike Bellotti, who stepped aside as head coach to become Oregon’s athletic director this summer, said the Pac-10 was consulted about the punishment and supported Oregon’s decision.
Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott was at the game and saw the altercation firsthand.
After the game, Blount apologized for his actions.
“It was just something that I shouldn’t have done,” said Blount, who had eight carries for a loss of five yards. “I lost my head.”
Regardless, Oregon University president Richard Lariviere called Blount’s behavior “reprehensible.”
“We do not and will not tolerate the actions that were taken by our player. Oregon’s loyal fans expect and deserve better,” Lariviere said in a statement. “The University of Oregon Athletics Department is reviewing the situation and will take appropriate action, reflecting the seriousness of the player’s behavior.”
In February, Blount was suspended indefinitely from the team for “failure to fulfill team obligations.” Bellotti did not share any details, elaborate at the time, but Blount reportedly missed offseason team meetings.
He was reinstated before spring practice.
Blount, a 6-foot-2, 240-pound transfer from East Mississippi CC, rushed for 1,0002 yards and a school-record 17 touchdowns last season.
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