Oregon first year head coach Mark Helfrich has suspended sophomore tight end Pharoah Brown for the upcoming Valero Alamo Bowl because of his activities during Friday’s snow ball fight held on campus.
In a video that went viral, ( On Left ) dozens of students including some Oregon football players were seen pelting the innocent driver of a vehicle caught in the middle of what began as a snow ball fight between players and students during dead week.
What began as an innocent and playful romp in the snow, ended with students acting out on this specific individual who was later identified as a retired professor from the University of Oregon.
The video which showed the melee made its way to the internet and caused a firestorm of comments about the behavior of everyone involved.
The video and comments caught the attention of Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich who commented via a written statement on Sunday.
“On Saturday, I was made aware of an incident that occurred Friday afternoon during the snow day involving multiple Oregon students including members of the football team. The behavior exhibited in the video is completely unacceptable and dangerous. We take this matter very seriously and disciplinary actions have begun.”
On Monday, the Oregon football office and Helfrich announced the suspension of Brown for the upcoming Valero Alamo Bowl for the role Brown played in the free-for-all.
Helfrich reportedly met with the driver of the vehicle involved in the incident on Sunday and apologized on behalf of the University and football program.
Reports also suggested other Oregon football players were involved in the incident, however those players have not been officially identified and no other suspensions have been reported for the trip to San Antonio.
Brown is a 6’6 sophomore from Lyndhurst, Ohio. Brown has played in nine games and has accumulated 10 catches for 123 yards and 2 touchdowns.
With Browns suspension, that leaves the Duck offense with freshman Johnny Mundt and redshirt freshman Evan Baylis as the only other experienced tight ends on the squad.