EUGENE – LaGarette Blount could play for the University of Oregon Ducks football team again this season – if he meets goals set forth by head coach Chip Kelly.
Kelly said he and Blount reached a written agreement Friday September 25th that would allow the disgraced player to suit up for the Stanford game on November 7th if he meets strict academic and behavioral guidelines.
"It's my decision if he is ever to come back," Kelly said. "The ball is Blount's court if he fullfills what he needs to do - he will be back. There's a distinct possibility he will never be back."
Blount says the punishment was not just for the punch - but for a pattern of behavior.
"If it was just a one punch incident then I would have followed NCAA suspension rules, but there was much more to it," Kelly said.
He said Blount is contrite and wants to be better.
"This is a young man who knows he did a lot of things wrong and wants to improve."
Blount was initially suspended from playing for the remainder of his senior year after he punched a Boise State player in the face after the Ducks lost their season-opener to the team. He remained with Oregon as a non-playing member of the squad.
He said he did not want this to be a secret and look like it was a backroom deal.
"I didn't want the Stanford game to come around and have him just pop up."
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