BOISE -- The first major issue for Larry Scott looms as the new Pac-10 commissioner decides how to weigh in on Thursday’s ugly finish to the Oregon-Boise State game.
Oregon tailback LeGarrette Blount punched Boise’s Byron Hout and later tangled with fans as he left the field. Pac-10 spokesman Jim Muldoon told CBSSports.com early Friday morning, “I’m assuming it’s our jurisdiction,” in penalizing Blount, a senior.
Muldoon spoke at approximately 7:30 a.m. PT and added that he and Scott would speak later in the day.
“We don’t act in haste,” Muldoon said.
Oregon coach Chip Kelly said Thursday he would take appropriate action, if warranted, after reviewing tape of Blount’s actions. NCAA coordinator of officials Dave Parry said that the association will not have a say in any suspension of Blount.
“Once the game is over, when the clock strikes zero, the officials are out of it,” Parry said.
Scott was in Boise seeing his first college football game in at least 10 years. Scott’s last game seen in person was a Harvard-Yale contest in the 1990s, he said. He took office in July after the retirement of former commissioner Tom Hansen.
Blount’s actions were unprecedented in many respects. Clemson and South Carolina removed their teams from bowl consideration after a brawl in 2004. Florida International and Miami fought in a wild brawl in October 2006. However, both of those incidents in the middle of play.
Blount punched Hout, who went to his knees, then taunted Boise State player on the field. Hout, a defensive end, wasn’t blameless. He is seen on replays laying a hand on Blount and jawing with the tailback who ran for a school-record 17 touchdowns last season. Blount later attempted to get at a fan who had taunted him from behind a barrier as Oregon left the field. Blount was restrained by a policeman, receivers coach Scott Frost and a security person.
“It’s sends a message maybe to other kids and schools to be on top of this,” Parry said.