The Pac-12 suspended Washington State junior strong safety Deone Bucannon for the first half of the Cougars visit to UNLV on Friday for "his hit to the head of a defenseless opponent during its game with Eastern Washington," according to a news release.
If you saw the hit, you know Bucannon is lucky. It was a pretty bad cheap shot.
From the release:
“While Mr. Bucannon was penalized on the field, I have deemed it necessary to add a half-game suspension,” said Scott. “This disciplinary action was part of our weekly review of all targeting and unnecessary roughness hits.”
“In order to appropriately protect our student-athletes, it is imperative that we monitor and when needed, act in situations where a blow to the head of a defenseless player was flagrant and/or unwarranted, especially in situations where the hit occurred well after the play was over” added Scott.
When there is a foul called for initiating contact on the head/neck area of a defenseless opponent that does not result in a player disqualification, NCAA Football Rules specifically call for a video review by the Conference office for possible additional sanctions before the next scheduled game.