Sandrock wrote:That being said, this whole incident continues a run of bad publicity for both State of Oregon programs. If it's not one thing, it's another and both football teams are continually popping up in the news with embarrassing incidents.
Something we can both absolutely agree on. I think, and I think you'd agree, that this is what happens when you have two programs both struggling to stay on the verge of greatness. Often times they take chances they think will help push them over the fence, for instance taking in some guys with questionable character. We both know that are programs are notorious for doing this, most times it really works out, and our teams are hailed as compassionate. But sometimes it doesn't and they are ridiculed for "taking in thugs." It's really a tough spot to be in.
I feel the situation is kind of unique. Set the act itself aside, and how it reflects on the state of Oregon, and focus on just the aftermath. Blount's suspension was way too extreme. Like you I can take off my colored glasses, this isn't coming from a Duck fan, it's coming from a sports fan. Most everyone I've talked to agrees that basically ending Blount's college career is way too harsh. 3 games, 4 games, half the season? Sure. But a season long suspension was just too much.
What is making Oregon look bad now is one little word they should have used in the first place..."indefinite." At least give the guy the chance to earn his way back onto the field. Players have done much worse and have not completely lost their right to play football. I think this was the result of a new head couch feeling his program could be spinning out of control and he wanted to show he had complete control. It was a bit knee jerk and I think upon reflection he realized it. I don't buy what Kelly said yesterday that he and Blount had already had a contract in place where he can earn his way back. I mean I'm sure they do now, but that wasn't in place at the time of the suspension. Otherwise he would have used that magic word "indefinite."
Really I think Kelly is still being too harsh, he says Blount won't be able to come back till at the earliest the Stanford game? That's only 4 games left in the season. He should be able to make his return at the USC game (OK maybe a little green and yellow glasses talk there
) but still, that would be a hefty 6 game suspension.