It’s been rare that a college football player is suspended for an illegal hit. That is a penalty normally reserved for pro football player.
However, both the Southeastern Conference and Pacific-12 Conference have taken stands against dangerous play with suspensions of one player in each league Tuesday.
Ole Miss defensive back Trae Elston was suspended for this Saturday’s game against Texas for a fourth-quarter hit during a game against Texas-El Paso. SEC commissioner Mike Slive called the hit “flagrant and dangerous.”
Meanwhile, the Pac-12 suspended Washington State defensive back Deone Bucanon, who delivered a hit to the head of Eastern Washington wide receiver Greg Herd. Bucanon will have to sit out the first half of this Friday’s game against UNLV.
A quick glance at YouTube shows Bucanon has a history of questionable hits and frequently has been flagged for unsportsmanlike play.