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C'mon Now

Ok, now let me make myself clear right off the bat: I'm not excusing what this kid did.  It's pretty unbelieveable.

But...

Star running back LeGarrette Blount won’t play for Oregon again this year. The school suspended him on Friday for the remainder of season after he slugged Boise State defensive end Byron Hout.

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.

Isn't that a little excessive?  He was goaded, and if it had happened during the game, it would have been a personal foul flag, maybe and ejection, and then water under the bridge.  Suspending a kid for an entire season, and basically the rest of his collegiate career for that, I think, just isn't a very good idea. 

Again, this kind of thing can't be tolerated, but as long as there are programs playing kids with actual criminal rap sheets, it seems ridiculous to me that we're ending kids' careers for school yard sucker punches. 

Let's put it in Penn State terms.  When we had guys get busted for pot last season, they missed 3 games.  Was what Blount did really that bad in comparison?

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