(AP Photo/Spenser Heaps, Daily Herald)
Washington State’s Deone Bucannon (20) takes down BYU’s Scott Arellano during a game in Provo, Utah on Aug. 30.
The Pac-12 announced this afternoon that Washington State junior DB Deone Bucannon (linked here) would be suspended for the first half of the Cougars’ upcoming game against UNLV on Friday for “his hit to the head of a defenseless opponent” last week against Eastern Washington.
Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said that “while Mr. Bucannon was penalized on the field, I have deemed it necessary to add a half-game suspension. 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.”
A Pac-12 release added: “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.”
Anyone with access to this YouTube clip from 2010 knows this isn’t the first time Bucannon has been guilty of a questionable hit:
At the blog CougarCenter.com, Bucannon apologized for the latest infraction (where a video clip can be seen at this link): “That’s still my fault and I should be more focused on the field and I should abide by the rules.”