The season opener for the University of Oregon Ducks and Boise State Broncos was ugly. The Ducks didn't manage to get a single first down until half-way into the 3rd quarter, quarterback Jeremiah Masoli completed passes like Sarah Palin completes sentences, and starting running back LeGarrette Blount came away with negative five yards. Oh, and he also punched out a Boise player and had to be dragged off the field. Watch the video after the jump.
The truly shameful moment for the Ducks came after they'd lost the game and wandered off the field. A Boise State player, Byron Hout, swatted Blount on a shoulder pad and taunted him -- and for the first time that night, Blount became an unstoppable force:
Blount flew into a rage as Boise fans yelled profanities and insults at him and attempted to attack the fans. He was dragged off the field by police officers, security guards, Ducks assistant Scott Frost, and running backs coach Gary Campbell. Blount claims he was struck in the chin by a fan and saw another fan begin to throw a chair at him. Most people who watched the game didn't see this.
It's safe to say this was not an auspicious beginning to Chip Kelly's career as head coach of the Ducks. His spread offense, a lethal weapon under former coach Mike Bellotti, was described alternately as sloppy, disgusting, and impotent, to name just a few of the adjectives being thrown around.
University of Oregon athletic director, and up until this year the Ducks' head coach (as well as the chairman of the NCAA football rules committee), Mike Bellotti has this to say about Blount's future:
Obviously it’s not what we’re about. Chip and I will talk, and I’ll talk with the conference commissioners and I’ll talk with our president. We’ll plan a course of action as soon as we figure it out and take a look at the film.
Looks like the Ducks, highly touted in the preseason, might have had their season ended before it began.