I think new Oregon coach Chip Kelly needs to kick LeGarrette Blount off the team after the running back punched Byron Hout of Boise State (who had verbally taunted Blount) at the conclusion of the Ducks’ 19-8 loss.
Blount cold-cocked Hout and then had to be restrained by teammates and coaches from going after some fans in the stands. Just a crazy scene on the Smurf Turf at the end of that one. (side note: How ironic is it that former Lawrence Phillips teammate Scott Frost , now an Oregon coach, was one of the ones restraining Blount?)
So much for my prediction that Blount was on his way to a special season. He looked uncharacteristically fat and slow out there, gaining negative 5 yards on the night. It was almost like he was trying to sulk his way to positive yardage. I wrote earlier that he might have a breakout night. Who knew it would be as a boxer?
Blount could rush for 3,000 yards the rest of the way and still not win the Heisman thanks to his horrible display.
[Note: Hey Oregon fans, the next time I tout a player of yours who is such a bad seed, could you please clue me in? Thanks!]
Obviously a disastrous debut for Kelly as head coach at Oregon. Now he needs to take control of his team by doing the right thing and getting rid of Blount, who is clearly a disruptive influence. I never was high on the Ducks this year and did not have them in my preseason top 20, but I certainly didn’t think they would be this inept.
With attitudes like this, it’s no wonder.