LSU shocked the college football world today when they announced that Tyrann Mathieu, known as the Honey Badger, was dismissed from the football team and the University for violation of team and school rules (sources say a failed drug test).
“This is a very difficult day for our team,” Miles said. “We lose a quality person, teammate and contributor to the program. However, with that being said, we have a standard that our players are held to and when that standard is not met, there are consequences.
“It’s hard because we all love Tyrann. We will do what we can as coaches, teammates, and friends to get him on a path where he can have success. We are going to miss him.”
It is speculated that Mathieu failed repeated drug tests. He was suspended last year for failing a drug test, and multiple failed tests can result in team and school dismissal.
The Honey Badger was arguably the most exciting player in the conference and all of college football. A Heisman finalist last year, Mathieu scored six touchdowns, three times when his team was down. While not the best cover corner, his play making ability was second to none.
It’s a major loss for LSU who also lost their top cover corner Morris Claiborne to the NFL. Mathieu literally altered games in 2011 and helped his team win in a number of ways. LSU will have to replace not only a corner, but a huge playmaker as they rapidly head towards 2012 kickoff.