Sources: Blount to remain part of Ducks
Suspended for the season for throwing a punch after a game, LeGarrette Blount still plans to practice with the team and continue attending classes, two people close to the running back told ESPN.
At the urging of Oregon coach Chip Kelly, Blount telephoned Boise State coach Chris Petersen Saturday to apologize, an Oregon spokesperson said. And Blount also was able to apologize directly to defensive end Byron Hout, the Boise player he struck following the Ducks' 19-8 loss to the Broncos on Thursday night.
Blount punched Hout in the jaw following the 16th-ranked Ducks' loss to the 14th-ranked Broncos. Hout was knocked to his knees.
In order to play this season, Blount would have to transfer to the Division II or III level, according to a person briefed by Oregon's compliance department.
Blount also appears unlikely to appeal for another season or a redshirt, which means his action may have ended his college career.
Blount had apologized after the game when he spoke with reporters.
"I just apologize to everyone that was watching this, ESPN, national TV. I just apologize to all of our fans, all of Boise's fans," he said. "It was just something that I shouldn't have done. I lost my head."
Hout yelled in Blount's face and tapped him on the shoulder pad before catching the right to the jaw. Petersen was trying to pull Hout away when he was hit.
Oregon president Richard Lariviere called Blount's actions reprehensible. Oregon athletic director Mike Bellotti, who stepped aside after 14 years as head coach of the Ducks this summer, called the punch "an egregious error."
Boise State's Petersen was not available for comment on Sunday. He was scheduled to speak on the WAC coaches conference call on Monday.
Kelly also was unavailable for comment on Sunday.
Blount was expected to practice with the Ducks on Monday, however, he will not allowed to speak to the media.
Joe Schad is a college football reporter for ESPN. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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