College newspapers cover Blount ‘meltdown’ well on deadline

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Oregon's LeGarrette Blount punches Boise State's Byron Hout after Thursday's nationally broadcast football game. College and professional media jumped on this story immediatley.

Oregon's LeGarrette Blount punches Boise State's Byron Hout after Thursday's nationally broadcast football game. College and professional media jumped on this story immediately.

Apologies do not minimize the penalty Oregon running back LaGarrette Blount should receive after punching an opposing player and then trying to attack fans in the stands after the Ducks lost to Boise State 19-8 on Thursday night. Blount had to be restrained and hauled into the locker room by teammates.

Boise State’s The Arbiter did an excellent job covering both the game and the incident online. Oregon’s The Daily Emerald also did a solid job for a late-night game far from campus. Their stories are among those posted below.

Meanwhile, Portland Oregon columnist John Canzano writes that Blount should be kicked off the team.

“The Ducks running back should be arrested and charged with assault today for slugging Hout, who wasn’t even looking. Also, Blount should be served up by first-year head coach Chip Kelly as a reminder of everything the program should never become.

It was cheap. It was embarrassing. It was disgusting.”

Here are some more stories on the game (and Blount):

• Blount had said the Ducks, “owe that team an ass-whuppin” in reference to the Broncos before the game in a Sports Illustrated article.

• Oregon senior tailback LeGarrette Blount apologized for punching a Boise State football player after Thursday night’s game at Bronco Stadium and said he would accept any punishment.

• Corralling the Oregon running game was something that was not supposed to happen, but did. The BSU defense held the Ducks to an unthinkable 31 total yards on the ground and kept Oregon’s bruiser back, LeGarrette Blount, completely under control in route to a 19-8 win in front of the biggest crowd in Bronco Stadium history.

• Oregon senior running back LeGarrette Blount, following his abysmal 2009 debut in Boise, struck Broncos sophomore defensive end Byron Hout then attacked a fan near the south end zone. He then was pulled off the field by police.

* After the final horn, as players and coaches mingled on the blue turf, senior running back LeGarrette Blount got into an altercation with a Boise State player, punching Bronco defensive end Byron Hout in the mouth. Footage also shows Blount hitting one of his own players during the confrontation.

• You can get a sense of what fans think about this incident on the New York Times college sports blog, The Quad. Read the comments below the posting on Blount.

• Deadspin focused more on Hout’s involvement, believing the Boise State player was at fault: “Congratulations to the American Football Coaches Association for dreaming up the brilliant PR gambit known as Sportsmanship Weekend. Getting two football teams who do not like each other to shake hands before the game really taught everyone a valuable lesson about the importance of fair play and respecting your opponent.”

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