By JAMES MORAN
Tiger Rag Associate Editor
LSU coach Les Miles has suspended right guard Josh Boutte for one game for his the late-hit personal foul late in Saturday’s 16-14 loss to Wisconsin, LSU announced Monday.
Boutte was ejected from the game after shoulder charging through D’Cota Dixon as the safety celebrated his game-sealing interception. That foul will cost Boutte Saturday’s home opener against Jacksonville State.
“Josh made a mistake and will serve a one game suspension because of it,” Miles said through the school release. “Even though this was done by mistake, a play like this does not belong in the game of football and therefore action must be taken.”
Per LSU’s release, Miles said that Boutte called Dixon on Monday morning to personally apologize for the hit.
“This play does not define Josh as a person and is not indicative of the type of player he is,” Miles said. “We sincerely apologize for his mistake.”
SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said in a separate statement that he’s personally reviewed the play and decided to accept Miles’ one-game suspension, meaning the SEC Office will not impose further punishment.
Miles said Saturday, before having seen the film, that Boutte hit Dixon because he didn’t see him go down after the interception and believed it to be a live return situation.
Here’s a video of the play so you can decide for yourself.
Here's why Josh Boutte was ejected. https://t.co/93m1PT0oR0
— Cody Worsham (@CodyWorsham) September 3, 2016