So much has been written and so much has been said about the incident that took place after Boise State’s 19-8 victory against Oregon that I’m sure fans are tired of hearing about it.
For those out of the country or without television service for the last week, Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount punched Boise State defensive end Byron Hout in the face after the game. Hout had, seconds earlier, tapped Blount on the shoulder pad to get his attention and said something to the Oregon player.
Blount has been suspended for the entire season, though he has not been kicked off the team. Hout is being disciplined internally, Boise State coach Chris Petersen said.
I, too, would love to close the ugly chapter. But there are a few more points to be made, so bear with me:
Teammates try to cheer up Hout
One of the great things about being on a team (any kind of team really) is that you can be sure your teammates are going to give it to you worse that anyone else.
Boise State is no different. Hout, having been sucker punched on national television, got no mercy from his teammates. Just good-natured ribbing.
“After the game, the day after, we kind of gave him a little bit. The whole world gave him a little bit because it was on every channel,” linebacker Derrell Acrey said.
“He’s good though. He popped right back up. No bruising, no nothing. We’ll have to bring him out to UFC fights after this.
“We make him feel good about it. We know how he’s feeling right now. The whole world’s watching. I wouldn’t know what I would do if I was in his predicament right now, but I can only be there to help.”
Hout, a 6-foot, 241-pound sophomore from Couer d’Alene, has not been allowed to speak to the media since the game, so we don’t know how he is doing. But coaches and teammates say that he is dealing with the situation.
“When you’re involved in an incident like that, you’re going to feel sad about it,” senior cornerback Kyle Wilson said. “I think he’ll be fine. Slowly, it will die down and things will be back to normal around here.”
That is the hope for Petersen as well, who has been criticized in the media for not giving a harsher punishment to Hout. He said he hoped Hout would be able to be himself after the incident.
“Byron’s a really good kid and a really positive kid. I hope he’s out there having fun. There’s no question this is going to leave a mark on him,” Petersen said. “It’s going to take some time for him to get back to the old Byron Hout.”
The old Byron Hout was a high-energy sparkplug for the Broncos. Acrey, for one, is trying to get that Byron Hout back as soon as possible.
“We’re going to try to get it out this week,” Acrey said. “I’m going to try a little bit because when he’s energetic, that’s when he plays his best. I need that from him (on) day one, right now.”
What Hout said
• A blog post at OregonLive.com is spreading rumors about what Hout said. (I won’t link because I think the post is extremely irresponsible.) This is part of the problem with Boise State not disclosing what Hout said — it leaves the door open for people to speculate wildly.
UPDATE: OregonLive.com has taken down the blog post.
In my reporting, I have not been able to determine exactly what Hout said, but I have heard enough to determine it is not what that blog post is speculating.
WAC commissioner Karl Benson, who knows what Hout said, determined that the comments weren’t so offensive as to warrant further action by the league. To me, that rules out both of the “rumors” in that blog.
My reporting, combined with some amateur lip reading, leads me to believe that Hout said something about a “(butt)-whuppin’,” echoing earlier comments made by Blount.
What about the fans?
This video seems to confirm what Blount said about a chair-wielding fan and another fan hitting him.
If I were Boise State, I would ban “Mr. Revenge,” as he is dubbed in this video from Bronco Stadium forever. He charged to the field level, cursed at Blount and then, by the looks of this video, hit the Oregon player. Ban him, now.
I’d love to hear from “Mr. Revenge” or “The Chair Guy.”
Cheap H-Bowl tickets
The Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl announced Thursday that is allowing fans to purchase an extra ticket to the Dec. 30 game for $5. The deal runs through Oct. 9.
Fans who purchase two to four tickets at regular prices ($18 to $28) in the upper corners and end zone sections of Bronco Stadium are eligible for the deal.
You can purchase tickets at idahotickets.com or the Bronco Stadium ticket office.
The game will feature teams from the WAC and the Mountain West.
A couple stats that might only interest me
Boise State is 4-1 in its last five games against BCS conference teams with wins against Oregon State, Oklahoma and Oregon (twice). The only loss was to Washington, arguably the worst team of the bunch.
Boise State is 3-2 in its last five games against ranked opponents with victories against Oklahoma and Oregon (twice). The losses were to Hawaii and TCU.
Come on, students
Boise State students complained loudly about the ticket process for the Oregon game, when many were shut out of tickets for the most hyped home game in school history.
Well, now it looks as if the students won’t use all of their tickets for this week’s game against Miami (Ohio).
The game is on Saturday evening. Boise State is ranked in the top 12 in both national polls. And you have a free ticket to the game. Come on students, pick up a ticket and go.
Name the Score contest
OK, finally what everyone has been waiting for. The “Name the Score” contest is back. The winner gets a gift certificate to Domino’s. Thanks again to Treasure Valley-area Domino’s for their support.
Click here to listen to my audio prediction for Saturday night's game.
Here are the rules for the newcomers:
Miami (Ohio) visits Boise State on Saturday night, and here is your chance to predict the score and win a gift certificate from Domino's Pizza for one medium three-topping pizza.
Place your guesses in the comments down below and we will pick two winners.
Closest to the actual score of the game wins.
All entries must be received by 4 p.m. MDT on Saturday.
When you register to make comments at IdahoStatesman.com, you put in an e-mail address. I will contact the winner through that e-mail address.
If it comes down to tiebreakers, closest to Boise State's actual score, closest without going over and then first received will be the tie-breaking order.
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