LSU dismissed Tyrann “Honey Badger” Mathieu for team violations and breaking school rules. This definitely changes the outlook for the preseason #1. Losing the Chuck Bednarik winning, Heisman finalist, consensus All-American is never a positive for a team; even a team as deep as LSU. This is an unprecedented situation in college football for a Heisman finalist to be dismissed from the program mere weeks before the season starts. Coach Miles emotionally made clear that the decision was permanent.
Without question, this alters the course of LSU’s upcoming season. A player of this magnitude being dismissed 22 days before the 1st game of the season dramatically alters preparation and strategy for the Tigers. Time will tell if this circumstance galvanizes the team to play at national championship caliber like the bar incident last season did.
It is never good news when a national championship contending program closes practice to the media for 3 days, and then moves up an evening press conference to noon on a Friday amid radio/Twitter rumors of player suspensions. With Vice Chancellor/AD Joe Alleva, Sr. Asso. AD Verge Ausberry, and Asso. Vice Chancellor/Sr. Asso. AD Herb Vincent looming large, the dismissal announcement was made in a tension packed room.
“This is a very difficult day for our team. 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.”