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Old 09-04-2009, 01:09 PM
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Oregon's LeGarrette Blount apologizes, Chip Kelly considers punishment for sucker punch
Posted by John Hunt, The Oregonian September 04, 2009 01:32AM


BOISE -- Oregon running LeGarrette Blount didn't want to talk about what happened after the game Thursday night but felt it was in his best interest to do so.

"I just apologize to everybody that was watching this - ESPN, national TV - I just apologize to all of our fans, all the Boise fans,'' Blount said after he punched Boise State linebacker Byron Hout in the wake of Oregon's 19-8 loss in Boise on Thursday night. "It was just something that I shouldn't have done. I lost my head, and I shouldn't have taken it that far.''

How far Oregon takes its punishment isn't yet clear. Coach Chip Kelly said he did not see the incident, but he had been briefed.

"It shouldn't be marred by something after the fact,'' said a subdued Kelly. "They beat us, and to react poorly after the game is not what we're all about.''

Blount had made headlines before the game when he was quoted as saying the Ducks owe the Broncos "a (butt) whuppin' after last year's 37-32 upset at Oregon. On Thursday night, it was Boise State, again, doing the whuppin,' until Blount took out his frustrations.

After carrying the ball 13 times for minus-five yards, Blount got an earful from some Broncos after the game. And when Hout touched Blount's shoulder pads and had some words for the senior, Blount sucker-punched him. Blount was restrained by his teammates, but he also delivered a shot to teammate Garrett Embry, who was trying to be peacemaker.

Then, when receivers coach Scott Frost and a police offer tried to wrestle an angry Blount to the locker room, he got into it again with some fans behind the end zone. It was replayed over and again on ESPN. The national exposure that Kelly had courted had backfired.

If Blount's punch ends his college career, it will not have ended well.

Rarely getting his shoulders squared up-field, Blount could do nothing behind a struggling offensive line. On one of his negative-yardage rushes, he was caught in the end zone for a safety.

Oregon's passing game wasn't much better.

Throwing almost exclusively to his first read, Jeff Maehl, quarterback Jeremiah Masoli was 14 of 27 for 121 yards and an interception.

The Ducks' 135 yards of offense was their lowest total in 15 years (94 yards at Washington State in 1994) - even lower than their output at UCLA two years ago in the wake of Dennis Dixon's season-ending injury.

"We'll continue to be a work in progress on the offensive side of the ball, but we'll get back to work tomorrow,'' Kelly said.

First, Kelly must work on Blount's punishment. The former junior college transfer doesn't have a clean slate with Kelly, having been suspended in the offseason for poor attendance at team meetings and workouts. Kelly also ordered Blount off the practice field on the first practice of fall camp.

"That stuff has no place in our program and will have no place in our program,'' Kelly said.

Blount said he will stand by whatever punishment Kelly and the Ducks decide upon.

"I don't know what kind of disciplinary action coach Kelly has in store for me, but whatever it is, I'm ready to take (it),'' he said.

In explaining the fracas with the fans, Blount said he thought someone was about to hit him with a chair.

"On my way to the locker room, I seen a guy raise a chair at me, like he was going to throw a chair at me, and the next thing I know, one of the fans came over and hit me,'' he said.

Blount may also face criminal charges after the incident.

"I could not have envisioned anything worse than this right here,'' Blount said.

- John Hunt
Oregon's LeGarrette Blount apologizes, Chip Kelly considers punishment for sucker punch - Behind The Ducks Beat
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Old 09-04-2009, 01:36 PM
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Getting reamed on ESPN replays.

Reprehensible
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Old 09-04-2009, 01:39 PM
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Dude should be suspended for more than just 1 game
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Old 09-04-2009, 01:42 PM
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Default Sucker punch will sink out-of-shape Blount

Sucker punch will sink out-of-shape Blount

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Posted by Todd McShay and Kevin Weidl

Oregon RB LeGarrette Blount began the season carrying some character baggage thanks to a suspension last season for failing to live up to team obligations and the fact he came into spring practice overweight and out of shape, and his sucker punch of Boise State LB Byron Hout on Thursday night took those minor concerns and made them massive.

We talked last night to a college scouting director from an NFL team who said, "In the matter of five minutes, Blount just went from second- or third-rounder to completely undraftable." Yes, he was egged on a bit by Hout, but big-name players deal with that kind of trash talk all the time without throwing punches in return.

In an NFL climate in which commissioner Roger Goodell has placed a huge emphasis on behavior and accountability, teams are simply not willing to invest money in players who behave like this, unless you're talking about a Michael Vick or some other player with similarly freakish talents. Blount does not have that kind of skill set and has effectively cost himself a serious shot at the NFL.

We had given Blount a late-second or early third-round grade after his strong finish last season -- when he rushed for more than 1,000 yards while sharing carries -- with the hope he would come into this season, carry the full load and capitalize on that momentum. He entered the season as our second-ranked senior running back behind Clemson's C.J. Spiller but has done absolutely nothing to help himself. He had a great opportunity to get to the next level, but has now totally blown it.

And even if he hadn't lost his cool after the game, Blount's stock still would have taken a hit. Another scout we talked to said Blount appeared slow -- likely due to his weight gain and questionable work ethic -- and questioned his lateral mobility and ability to make people miss. He carried eight times for minus-5 yards, caught two passes for 13 yards and was not the same player we saw last season.

Who knows where Blount goes from here -- a long suspension is likely -- but at this point he is untouchable from an NFL standpoint.

Scouts Inc.: Oregon RB LeGarrette Blount is now untouchable as an NFL prospect - ESPN
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Old 09-04-2009, 01:43 PM
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Looks like he spoiled more than this season for himself MJ
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Old 09-04-2009, 07:33 PM
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By ANNE M. PETERSON AP Sports Writer

EUGENE, Ore. (AP)—Star running back LeGarrette Blount was suspended for the rest of Oregon’s season Friday, the day after he slugged Boise State defensive end Byron Hout in the opener for both teams.

Blount threw the punch Thursday night following the 16th-ranked Ducks’ 19-8 loss to No. 14 Boise State.

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 from fans heckling him on the way to the locker room.

Football at the University of Oregon is a privilege, and with that privilege goes responsibilities,” coach Chip Kelly said.

Blount’s suspension includes bowl games. He will remain on scholarship, however, and will continue to practice with the team.

“We will provide him with instruction if necessary for him to succeed. He’s going to practice with this football team. He’s going to student support services. He’s going to class. We’re going to make sure LaGarrette gets the goods. And if this is a teachable moment for him, then he can bounce back from this,” Kelly said.

Hout won’t 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.

Blount apologized for his actions after the game.

“It was just something that I shouldn’t have done,” he said. “I lost my head.”

Kelly said he and Blount cried when discussing the altercation and his punishment.

“I think he’s taking this very hard and he understands that he made a mistake, and that he has to pay for that mistake,” Kelly said.

Regardless, school 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.

Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott was at the game and saw what happened firsthand.

“We commend the University of Oregon and its leadership for taking swift and decisive action in response to this incident,” Scott said in a statement. “The Pac-10 strongly emphasizes sportsmanship and fair play in all its athletic competitions and expects high standards of sportsmanship from all participants, including student-athletes. In this case, those standards were not met and the university has taken appropriate disciplinary actions.”

Blount, a 6-foot-2, 240-pound transfer from East Mississippi CC, rushed for 1,002 yards and a school-record 17 touchdowns last season.

On Thursday night, he had eight carries for a loss of five yards.

In February, Blount was suspended indefinitely from the team for “failure to fulfill team obligations.” Bellotti did not share details, but Blount reportedly missed offseason team meetings.

He was reinstated before spring practice.

Oregon suspends RB LeGarrette Blount for season - College Football - Rivals.com
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Old 09-04-2009, 07:36 PM
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might be the most costly punch ever thrown
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Old 09-04-2009, 09:34 PM
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That was like watching Anderson Silva punk Forrest Griffin. Blount throws a nice straight punch, he should become a MMA fighter.
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Old 09-05-2009, 04:12 AM
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lol. stfu noob

talk about a harsh penalty. I think that his inability to control his temper was the kicker. he also socked his own teammate and tried to attack fans. you can't pull an Artest like that.

still, I just think that the penalty is way too harsh
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Old 09-05-2009, 05:52 AM
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lol. stfu noob

talk about a harsh penalty. I think that his inability to control his temper was the kicker. he also socked his own teammate and tried to attack fans. you can't pull an Artest like that.

still, I just think that the penalty is way too harsh
I must say that i agree. A year is way to long . Also they should suspend the kid that got hit for a game. I didn't see it live but on the replay it looked like he was being an instigator. Of course i may be biased due to the fact that i hate the b.s. coach. The punk loves to run the score up. Pretty asinine to be throwing TD passes when you are up by 3 scores and 2 minutes left in the 4th but he does all the time. That's a discussion for another time though.
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Old 09-05-2009, 09:26 AM
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I must say that i agree. A year is way to long . Also they should suspend the kid that got hit for a game. I didn't see it live but on the replay it looked like he was being an instigator.
Agree with Thumper and Littleogre, a year is waaaaaay too harsh. Blount's college and (most likely) professional career are over now. That's a heavy price to pay.

I'm not trying to be an internet tough guy, but guess what... if someone goes out of their way to confront me, gets in my face, says something to me with the sole purpose of making me angry, and makes physical contact with me... that person better be prepared to get hit.

As far as I'm concerned... that fat, pussy, Boise State punk got exactly what he deserved.
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might be the most costly punch ever thrown
In pure dollars, it ranks up there, as he'll cost himself an NFL contract, but as far as career... the Woody Hayes punch is up there too.


IMO, a year is a bit too much. I was thinking 2 games.

Do they suspend college hockey players for a year if they punch another player?

Would they have suspended him a year, if this was pre-espn and the game was NOT televised. I doubt it.

The coach is trying to save face. He's new, and doesn't want folks to think he's lost control of his football team.

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Surely there must be a precedent. This can't be the first time a player has cold cocked another in the post game.
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he will be reinstated dont let this fool u they say he is suspended for the season and the bowls but yet he is still going to class and practicing with the teamn let them start 1 and 3 or 4 and there is a good chance u will see him in pads again and u will hear the same old story he has done whatever it takes to satisfy us and we feel he deserves a second chance all about the dollars$$$$$$$$$$$$ and wins and pressure from the boosters
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cubie is probably right...

and I hope he is.

no sense in destroying a young man's future for 1 overreaction ....which was clearly provoked by a fat slob asshole
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After meeting with Oregon coach Chip Kelly on Saturday, running back LeGarrette Blount has decided to remain with the Ducks and will practice Monday.

Blount, whose one-man melee after Oregon's 19-8 loss at Boise State on Thursday night became an ESPN and YouTube sensation, was suspended for the rest of the season but was allowed to remain with the team.

Blount, who met with the media and apologized to fans shortly after the tirade, also apologized by phone Saturday to BSU coach Chris Petersen and Broncos linebacker Byron Hout, whom Blount punched. He will not be allowed to talk again with the media until further notice.
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