Friday, September 4, 2009

Blount Suspended For The Season

I have live blogged many memorable games and moments since starting this blog, but what happened last night with Oregon RB LaGarrette Blount may have been the most bizarre. And as a result of it, he will not play any more college football this season. And seeing as he is a senior, unless somehow he gets an extra year of elligibility, he won't play any more college football. From The LA Times.

The suspension, which was handed down by the school, will include a bowl game if Oregon qualifies. Blount, a senior, threw a punch that knocked Boise State defensive end Byron Hout to the turf.

Hout had approached Blount after Boise's 18-9 victory and struck the Oregon player on the shoulder pads. After throwing the punch, Blount had to be restrained by his coaches as he was escorted off the field.

Hout will not be suspended, Boise State announced. However, Broncos Coach Chris Peterson, during an interview on ESPN, said there "would be some internal consequences." Video footage showed Peterson trying to pull Hout away from Blount before the punch was thrown.
Good for the University of Oregon to really step in and make a statement on this behavior. And while it was seemingly not fully unprovoked as Byron Hout, the Boise player who was punched, tapped him on the shoulder pad and clearly said something, there is no excuse for sucker punching a player after a hard-fought, entertaining, albeit very sloppy, football game. While it seems that Blount is remorseful and sorry about the whole ordeal, what's done is done and Blount and his football career will pay dearly.

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