Pac-10 will review punch thrown by Oregon RB Blount after loss to Boise St.

By Anne M. Peterson, AP
Friday, September 4, 2009

Pac-10 reviewing Oregon RB Blount’s actions

The Pac-10 Conference will review tape of a punch thrown by Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount following the Ducks’ loss to Boise State in the season opener Thursday night.

Pac-10 spokesman Jim Muldoon said commissioner Larry Scott was on his way back Friday morning from Boise, where he attended the game and saw the altercation.

“The commissioner has broad authority concerning misconduct,” Muldoon said.

As Boise State began celebrating on their famous blue turf, defensive end Byron 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 to the No. 14 Broncos.

Oregon University president Richard Lariviere calling Blount’s behavior “reprehensible” in a statement Friday.

“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. “The University of Oregon Athletics Department is reviewing the situation and will take appropriate action, reflecting the seriousness of the player’s behavior.”

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.”

Boise State announced Friday that Hout would not be suspended for taunting Blount. School 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.

Oregon team officials had no comment Friday morning, and practice was scheduled for later in the day.

Mike Bellotti, who stepped aside as head coach to become Oregon’s athletic director this summer, said Thursday night he would consult with the Pac-10 concerning discipline for Blount.

Oregon coach Chip Kelly said he did not see the punch.

I will see it on tape and make a decision on what we need to do with him,” Kelly said. “There is no place for that. I do not condone that.”

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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