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Oregon Puncher Suspended For Season

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By Catfan81
Sep 5, 2009 in Sports
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An act of anger costs Oregon star Legarrette Blount running back his senior eligibility. Senior keeps scholarship though.
LeGarrette Blount was suspended for the season after punching Boise State defensive end Byron Hout on Thursday night in the opening game of the season. Bloun't's college career is over.
The 16th ranked Ducks were disappointed by the 14th ranked Boise State Broncos in Boise.
Oregon's first-year coach, Chip Kelly, told a sobbing Blount about his decision after reviewing tape of the altercation.
After the win while celebrating on the blue turf of Boise State Hout shouted in Blount's face and tapped him on the shoulder. Blount countered with a right jab to Hout's face sending him to his knees.
Blount was led off the field by police and had to be restrained by fans who were heckling him.
"Later he apologized saying, "It was just something that I shouldn't have done. I lost my head."
Though suspended for the season Blount will keep his scholarship.
"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, a 6-foot-2, 240-pound transfer from East Mississippi CC, rushed for 1,002 yards and a school-record 17 touchdowns last season.

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