PORTLAND – Oregon tight end Pharaoh Brown, who started the past four games, has been suspended for the Ducks’ upcoming bowl game because of his role in an on-campus snowball fight that got out of hand.
A YouTube video of Friday’s activity shows football players and other students pelting a car with dozens of snowballs in front of the Erb Memorial Union in Eugene. At one point, an overmatched driver opens his car door and is hit with a container of snow. The video had attracted more than 2.8 million views as of Monday evening.
“I was one of the many UO students involved in the snowball fight on Friday, and my actions escalated to an inappropriate level and, for that, I sincerely apologize,” Brown said in a statement released by university officials.
“We never should have engaged innocent people, and I deeply regret my actions and will accept the consequences.”
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Brown, a 6-foot-6, 241-pound sophomore, caught 10 passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns during the regular season.
The suspension was announced Monday by coach Mark Helfrich, who has apologized to the targeted drivers on behalf of the team.
Helfrich had promised discipline during the weekend, saying the behavior shown in the video was “completely unacceptable and dangerous.”
Other players involved in the snow battle received unspecified punishments but reportedly will be allowed to play for the Ducks (10-2) against Texas (8-4) in the Dec. 30 Alamo Bowl in San Antonio.
Potential replacements for Brown include freshmen Johnny Mundt and Evan Baylis.
All students involved in the fight, including nonplayers, are subject to further discipline from the dean of students, university officials said.
Two drivers who had their cars pelted by snowballs told media they do not intend to press charges.
6 players are Heisman finalists
NEW YORK – Quarterbacks Jameis Winston of top-ranked Florida State, Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, AJ McCarron of Alabama and Jordan Lynch of Northern Illinois, and running backs Tre Mason of Auburn and Andre Williams of Boston College were chosen as the finalists for the Heisman Trophy.
Six finalists invited to the ceremony in New York are the highest number since 1994.
The winner will be announced Saturday.
Winston is the overwhelming favorite to win the Heisman; a sexual-assault complaint against him in Tallahassee, Fla., resulted in no charges being filed.
Winston could become the second freshman to win the award; Manziel became the first in 2012.
Manziel is seeking to join another elite Heisman club by becoming the second player to win the award twice. Ohio State running back Archie Griffin won the Heisman in 1974 and ’75.
East Lansing has arrests, fires
EAST LANSING, Mich. – East Lansing police say at least 15 people were arrested during a rowdy celebration of Michigan State’s 34-24 victory over Ohio State in Saturday’s Big Ten Conference championship game.
The police department’s weekend report says 12 people arrested were students and one was an alumnus.
East Lansing police said there were at least 57 fires, many in a neighborhood of apartments close to the campus. The Lansing State Journal posted video online showing thousands of revelers cheering as a couch was tossed on a fire.
Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo said he is disgusted and disappointed by what happened.
The street scenes early Sunday occurred after the Spartans earned a Rose Bowl bid; they will play Stanford on Jan. 1 in Pasadena, Calif.
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