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Oregon's Chip Kelly Finds the High Road: What Road is Boise Taking?

BOISE, ID - SEPTEMBER 3:  LaGarrette Blount #9 of the Oregon Ducks is escorted off the field by head coach Chip Kelly after Blount punched a Boise State Broncos player on September 3, 2009 at Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho. Boise State defeated Oregon 19-8.  (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
Henry BallSenior Analyst ISeptember 5, 2009

The AP is reporting that Boise State will not discipline junior defensive end Byron Hout for his role in the incident following the No. 14 Bronco’s 19–8 win over No. 16 Oregon.

 

Instead BSU Spokesman Max Corbet said that head coach Chris Petersen will "spend time" with Hout to "help him learn" from what happened.

 

What?

 

LeGarrette Blount already helped him learn. When Blount responded to Hout’s taunting by slobber knocking him to his knees, I think Hout learned the lesson—once you’ve won the argument keep your mouth shut and move on.

 

Don’t get me wrong, I am not condoning Blount’s action in any way. In fact, Oregon’s rookie head coach Chip Kelly did the right thing in suspending Blount for the entire year.

 

This is not a move that helps the Ducks in a year when many thought they had a puncher’s (pardon the pun) chance at winning the Pac-10.

 

Without its dark horse (former) Heisman candidate running back that chance may be lying on the Blue carpet of the Humanitarian Bowl.

 

Nonetheless, Kelly quickly found the high road after the game last night. Speaking about the contest and incident on Thursday night a subdued Kelly said: “It shouldn't be marred by something after the fact, they beat us, and to react poorly after the game is not what we're all about.''

 

He then put his money where his mouth is with the suspension of Blount on Friday.

 

On the other hand, coach Petersen’s initial statement released on Boise State’s website said that the incident was "unfortunate" and that there would be disciplinary consequences as a result of the incident.

 

Apparently Petersen "spending time" with players is considered punishment.

 

Unfortunately he will have to limit the discipline to about a half hour as there is just so much time in a week and you know that pesky 20 hour rule the NCAA imposes on football activities—wouldn’t want to go down the Rich Rodriquez road, right?

 

Maybe even that road is too high from Boise.

 

Contributed by Henry Ball (Southern Man) -  Syndicated writer and Bleacher Report Scribe.

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