Oregon starter to miss Alamo Bowl due to snowball fight
EUGENE, Ore. --- University of Oregon athletic department officials confirmed Monday that a participant in a snowball fight on campus, starting tight end Pharaoh Brown, has been suspended and will not play in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 30 in San Antonio.
Brown admitted to his participation and said through a UO press release, "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. We never should have engaged innocent people and I deeply regret my actions and will accept the consequences."
Other members of the Ducks football team were also disciplined for involvement in the snowball fight, video of which went viral this weekend. The Dean of Students is looking into further discipline as well, according to UO.
The football team challenged fans to a playful snowball fight on Friday afternoon but it somehow turned into a mischievous and dangerous attack.
Some students blocked traffic, swarmed cars and pelted snowballs at drivers in the middle of campus, preventing people from driving away.
Someone in the crowd recorded a couple minutes of video and posted it on YouTube.
By Sunday, university police and the Dean of Students Office were working together to identify and track down the students in the video.
A spokesman for the police department confirms a sergeant watched the footage and believes the students could have been committing criminal offenses such as disorderly conduct or harassment.
KATU confirmed one of the drivers was a retired art history professor on his way to donate paintings to the campus museum.
The video shows him getting out of his car and confronting students.
Another driver was a university employee, Kathryn Mayfair.
"There were probably 100 to 200 students, a select few leading the charge. They stopped my vehicle, pelted it with snowballs packed pretty hard like iceballs," Mayfair told KATU News on Sunday.
"It sounded like a rock hitting the windshield driving down the freeway," she said.
Mayfair described a group of people trying to dump a bucket of snow into her car when she rolled down the window.
Dean of Students Paul Shang said he's helping police officers figure out who's in the video.
"I've looked at the video repeatedly," Shang said. "We'll certainly be persistent identifying students and talking to them about their conduct."
Shang also told KATU he called the professor in the video and personally apologized.
Late Sunday, one of the Ducks players apologized, too.
Andre Yruretagoyena tweeted, "Embarrassed by the video I just watched. That's not all of us, sending the sincerest apologies."
Embarrassed by the video I just watched. That's not all of us, sending the sincerest apologies.
Andre Yruretagoyena (@BigAndreAZDK) December 8, 2013