In less than a year, All-American cornerback Tyrann Mathieu went from being a relative unknown, to being the biggest star on LSU’s roster, to being booted off said roster.
According to Jim Kleinpeter of The Times Picayune, Mathieu was dismissed from the Tigers on Friday for violating team rules.
"This is a very difficult day for our team," Miles said on a media call. "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.
Mathieu, also known as the Honey Badger, rose to national prominence in 2011 as a key contributor to LSU’s fierce defense. The team ultimately fell one win short of capturing a National Championship, but that was far more the end result of Alabama’s greatness and the Tigers' awful offense than any defensive shortcomings.
On top of all the positive things he made headlines for last year, Mathieu also landed in a bit of hot water when he was suspended for a game after he allegedly failed a drug test.
It’s unknown at this time if something similar contributed to his dismissal from this year’s squad.
In 2011, Mathieu finished fifth in Heisman Trophy voting; the award ultimately went to Baylor quarterback, Robert Griffin III.
(Kudos Times Picayune)