It’s not clear what rule LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu broke, but the punishment is clear: The Honey Badger has been dismissed from the team.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Mathieu, who was a Heisman Trophy Finalist last year, was kicked off of the time for violating school and team rules.
Coach Les Miles didn’t elaborate on the violation but said that it was a very difficult day for LSU.
“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.”
Mathieu has two years of college eligibility left and could transfer schools. WSJ reports that, if he transferred to another major college football school, he would have to sit out this year. If he dropped down a level, he could play.
Mathieu had 133 total tackles and four interceptions and forced 11 fumbles during his two years on the field with LSU. He won the Bednarik Award as national defensive player and was a Heisman Trophy finalist.
The Honey Badger was also suspended for a game last season after failing a drug test. Yahoo reports that LSU’s drug policy states that a player can be dismissed or given a year suspension for a third positive drug test. It’s unclear if Mathieu’s dismissal had anything to do with drugs.