"Honey Badger" Mathieu kicked off LSU football team

Honey Badger doesn't play for LSU anymore -- Mathieu kicked off team

8/11/12 in NCAAF   |   JoeKukura   |   488 respect

Blog Photo - "Honey Badger" Mathieu kicked off LSU football teamRather unprecedented news out of Baton Rouge today -- the No. 1 preseason-ranked college football team has kicked its star player off the squad.

Tyrann Mathieu, better known as the "Honey Badger", has been permanently dismissed from the LSU football program.

There was no indication of the offense, and coach Les Miles refused to elaborate on the reasoning in his Friday press conference announcing Mathieu's dismissal.

Mathieu had been suspended one game last season for failing a drug test. But this is LSU -- even JaMarcus Russell played for this team without getting suspended.

"This is a very difficult day for our team," LSU coach Les Miles said in his press conference addressing that  Tyrann Mathieu is kicked off the LSU 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."

Blog Photo - "Honey Badger" Mathieu kicked off LSU football teamMathieu was awarded the Bednarik award as the defensive collegiate player of the year last season and was a runner-up for the Heisman Trophy.

Last season the "Honey Badger" scored two touchdowns on kick returns and two more on fumble returns. He had two interceptions and caused six fumbles.

LSU was named the No. 1 team in the preseason NCAA coaches poll. The committee may want a do-over on that one now.

Theoretically, Matheiu could sit out the year and re-join the LSU team -- but that won't happen. Miles said so much himself in Friday's press conference.

"I can’t imagine he would be here and not want to transfer and go play football,” Miles said at the press conference. “We will help him in every way we can."

Mathieu is a junior, and can only play this season if he transfers to a FCS school. Because of the dismissal, he cannot play this season for a Division I Football Bowl Subdivision college.

That's too bad, 'cause it would be awesome if the "Honey Badger" went and played for the Wisconsin Badgers.
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