Published October 20, 2011 - 6:44am
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Well, it’s October, and the suspensions just let loose, from alleged failed drug tests for LSU to post-game garbage on the field after the Georgia-Vanderbilt game.
LSU Suspends Three For Auburn
As you know yesterday, the news broke that running back Spencer Ware and defensive stud Tyrann Mathieu would be suspended for the Auburn game because of possible failed drug tests.
It turns out that the early reports were true, and Ware and Mathieu will sit the Auburn game. Also, defensive back Tharold Simon is also suspended as well.
In a press conference last night, Miles would not address the suspensions with the media:
“I certainly understand the interest surrounding what seems to be news,” Miles said. “The problem with that news is it’s internal discipline and internal function of a team. And I’m not inclined to be forthcoming with information. I’m not reactionary to needs of media and things external to this building.
“There’s a process that I go through and it’s not going to be short-cutted for the need to communicate. When there’s information to be shared, I will. I can only tell you I’m doing this for the best of our football team and to maintain a deportment and procedure that I’m true to and a process that I’m very comfortable with.
“There’s no real information about any specific player that I’ll address at this point.”
Now, this removes the two best players on the field on both offense and defense for the Auburn game in Ware and Mathieu. Not many LSU fans are worried about Auburn because LSU should be fine in this game, but all are worried about the possibility of these players being suspended against Alabama on November 5th. What a really stupid judgment on the players’ parts on the timing of the issue.
Mathieu is the heart and soul of this football team on defense, and Ware is the battering ram Les Miles uses to move the football on the ground. We will see more Jordan Jefferson in the Auburn game than before to compensate for the loss in rushing ability Ware brings to the table.
Three Players Suspended For Post-Game Actions Last Weekend
Two Georgia players – nose guard Kwame Geathers and safety Shawn Williams – have been suspended, along with Vanderbilt center Logan Stewart, after last Saturday’s game in Nashville. All three players will sit the first half of the next game, and that means Geathers and Williams will have to sit the first half against Florida after the bye week.
Vanderbilt’s Stewart committed a flagrant personal foul early in the fourth quarter when he dove at Geathers’ knee after a play was over. Geathers then retaliated by diving on him and punching him.
Williams was suspended after he launched himself into Vanderbilt receiver Jordan Mathews’ head. The foul wasn’t called on the play, but Rule 9-1-4 of NCAA Rule Book says, “No player shall target and initiate contact to the head or neck area of a defenseless opponent with the helmet, forearm, elbow or shoulder.”
This game has already made headlines about James Franklin and Todd Grantham’s post-game scuffle. The SEC decided not to pursue punishment.
Here is a video of James Franklin telling Mark Richt what happened after the game, in case you missed it: