Pac-10 commissioner wanted stiffer punishment for Boise State's Hout
September, 6, 2009
Posted by ESPN.com’s Graham Watson
Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott is not happy with Boise State’s methods of punishment or lack thereof.
Scott told the New York Times that he thought Byron Hout, the Boise State player who was sucker-punched by Oregon player LeGarrette Blount, should have faced a stiffer punishment for taunting.
Boise State coach Chris Petersen announced Friday that he would not suspend Hout and that he would be disciplined internally. Oregon suspended Blount for the rest of the season.
After No. 14 Boise State’s 19-8 win over No. 16 Oregon on Thursday, Hout said something to Blount and tapped him on the shoulder pads during the postgame handshake. Blount then punched Hout.
Petersen, who was standing next to Hout when he was punched, said he didn’t hear what Hout said.
“It takes two to tango,” Scott told the Times. “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.”
Blount and Oregon coach Chip Kelly called Petersen Saturday and apologized for the incident.