The Honey Badger, indeed, does not care. About playing for LSU anymore.
LSU head coach Les Miles announced on Friday that cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, known for his playmaking abilities as a defender and punt returner, is no longer on the team due to a violation of team rules.
Speaking at a special press conference that LSU streamed on its website, Miles said the move is permanent and that he will not be back. Miles said he expects Mathieu to transfer to another school.
“This is a very difficult day for our team,” Miles said, according to LSUSports.net. “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 had been pegged by many publications as a pre-season All-American and a major candidate for the heisman trophy. His 11 fumbles forced rank first in LSU history and seventh in NCAA history. He also scored four touchdowns last year, two on punt returns and two on fumbles.
Miles did not give s specific reason for Mathieu’s dismissal or reveal what rule the cornerback broke.
This obviously has a huge effect on Alabama’s chances for a repeat national championship in 2012. Mathieu was an integral part of an LSU defense that was projected to be one of the best, if not the best in the country.
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