They won't name the exact infraction, but LSU coach Les Miles announced that Tyrann "The Honey Badger" Mathieu has been given his walking papers by the Tigers.

Chris Graythen
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Chris Graythen
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Obviously, LSU will not state the exact infraction.  In his announcement Coach Miles would only state that the dismissal was due to the infraction of a "long standing rule." So the press is free to speculate what led to the action. Popular theory is that the stand out defensive back and Heisman Trophy finalist may have failed a drug test. Again, that's just speculation.

That speculation is based, of course, on the fact that Mathieu was suspended last year after failing a drug test.

Les Miles released the following statement:

“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.”

Mathieu, a finalist for the Heisman Trophy and the nation’s top defensive player a year ago, played in 26 games for the Tigers during his two years, racking up 133 total tackles, 16.0 tackles for loss and four interceptions. He also forced 11 fumbles, which ranks first in school history and seventh in NCAA history, to go with eight fumble recoveries.


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