Eugene, OR, United States (4E Sports) – Oregon starting tight end Pharaoh Brown will not see action in the Alamo Bowl after he was suspended for his role in the pelting of cars and drivers with snowballs Friday.
According to the school, the suspension was made by coach Mark Helfrich after he spoke with drivers involved and apologized on behalf of his team. He also set up a meeting for players and a driver caught on video to meet in person.
Other unidentified players present in the video have not been suspended for the bowl game but have been disciplined internally by the UO football team.
No. 10 Oregon (10-2) faces Texas (8-4) in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 30 in San Antonio. The university is holding final exams this week and the team does not practice again until Friday.
In a statement, Brown admitted that he was one of the participants in the snowball fight and apologized for his action.
“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.
“We never should have engaged innocent people and I deeply regret my actions and will accept the consequences,” he added.
The snowball event was organized by football players via Twitter on Friday morning when Eugene was blanketed in snow. The video of the event went viral on the Internet.
Two impromptu fights resulted, with the other at the university’s recreation fields behind Hayward Field involving more than 100 students without incident.
Brown, a 6-6 sophomore from Lyndhurst, Ohio, has 10 catches in nine games for 123 yards and two touchdowns this season. He could be replaced by either freshman Johnny Mundt or redshirt freshman Evan Baylis.