Boise State coach Chris Petersen said he has addressed his team three times about Thursday’s post-game incident.
Following Boise State’s 19-8 victory against Oregon, Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount punched Boise State defensive end Byron Hout in the face. ESPN cameras caught the incident on and broadcast it to a national audience.
“Everything is a learning lesson and this is one of them,” Petersen said on his weekly WAC teleconference.
Petersen said he did not suspend Hout, who tapped Blount on the shoulder pad and said something to the Duck player, because “if everybody got suspended for saying something, half the teams wouldn’t have guys to play games.” He added that Hout is “being disciplined. There’s no question about that.”
Petersen also commended the other players on the field for not escalating the conflict.
For more of Petersen’s reaction, see Chadd Cripe’s Bronco Beat.
Here are other reactions to the punch:
• WAC commissioner Karl Benson said he accepted with Boise State’s handling of the situation. Benson said his review of the situation focused on what Hout said and that Benson determined they did not warrant further WAC punishment.
"I tried to isolate his comments and use that to determine whether he deserved any type of sanction," Benson said.
• Benson said the conference does not have a policy about postgame replays, but said they would look at putting one in place after Boise State showed replays of the punch several times on its video board.
Benson said Boise State athletic director Gene Bleymaier took additional action against the replay operator at Bronco Stadium and apologized to Oregon for the excessive replays.
The commissioner said the league does have a policy regarding in-game replays.
"Controversial plays may be shown only one time at full speed," WAC spokesman Dave Chafin said.
• Eugene Register-Guard columnist George Schroeder has an excellent story on Oregon coach Chip Kelly and his handling of the LeGarrette Blount situation. It describes how the phone call from Blount to Boise State head coach Chris Petersen and defensive end Byron Hout took place.
I was with Schroeder and Kelly for that pre-game conversation. Kelly looked very relaxed and confident. Contrast that with his post-game reaction.
I stand by what I said last week: I’m not sure Kelly is an upgrade on former coach Mike Bellotti.
• New Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott told the New York Times that he is "concerned" about the level of punishment that Boise State defensive end Byron Hout is receiving.
When Boise State Coach Chris Petersen announced Friday that the discipline would be handled internally, Scott called Western Athletic Conference Commissioner Karl Benson to ask him to get involved.
“It takes two to tango,” Scott said. “I was concerned about what I heard the Boise State coach say about how it was going to be handled. I’ll just leave it at that. I’m not going to second-guess anything that that conference decides to do.”
The entire story is worth a read.
• Chris Dufresne of the L.A. Times posed a question on Twitter that I’ve been wondering myself.
“My question,” he tweets, “Why was Blount in the game, running a pass route toward the Boise bench when game ended?”
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