WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Washington State safety Deone Bucannon will be a spectator for the first half of the Cougars' visit to UNLV Friday night, as a result of a late hit in Saturday's win over Eastern Washington.
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott handed down the punishment Tuesday. Bucannon hit EWU wide receiver Greg Herd, following an incomplete pass on an Eagles' drive late in the fourth quarter.
"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." Scott said in a release Tuesday.
The play resulted in a 15-yard penalty, but no ejection.
"While Mr. Bucannon was penalized on the field, I have deemed it necessary to add a half-game suspension," Scott added. "The disciplinary action was part of our weekly review of all targeting and unnecessary roughness hits."
NCAA football rules call for a conference review of any play where a foul was called for contact near the head/neck area that results in a penalty, but no disqualification.
The Cougs visit UNLV Friday at 6:00 p.m.