Player's conduct inappropriate and unsportsmanlike

September 4th, 2009

Statement from University of Oregon President Richard Lariviere regarding player conduct following the Boise State football game

At the conclusion of last night’s University of Oregon season opening football game against Boise State University, a UO player displayed inappropriate and unsportsmanlike behavior. There is no place on the field of play for that kind of action, and his conduct was reprehensible.

We do not and will not tolerate the actions that were taken by our player. Oregon’s loyal fans expect and deserve better.

I fully support the decision made by coach Chip Kelly. My hope is that the student athlete will continue to attend the university on scholarship and work toward completion of his degree, which is our aspiration for all student athletes.

Immediate, appropriate action was taken and now we look forward to the rest of the season.

Richard W. Lariviere
University of Oregon President

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