Pac-12 suspends Washington State's Deone Bucannon
By the Pac-12 Conference
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Pac-12 Conference has suspended Washington State junior safety Deone Bucannon for the first half of Washington State's next game for his hit to the head of a defenseless opponent during its game with Eastern Washington on Saturday, Sept. 8, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.
Bucannon will miss the first half of Washington State's next scheduled contest, which will be this Friday, Sept. 14 at UNLV.
"While Mr. Bucannon was penalized on the field, I have deemed it necessary to add a half-game suspension," said Scott. "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" added Scott.
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.