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LSU's Mathieu, Ware, Simon suspended for Auburn

Posted on: October 19, 2011 2:42 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2011 9:05 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Reports out of Baton Rouge are that Tyrann Mathieu's Heisman campaign is about to hit a major speed bump--and that his team may be about to have a more difficult time with visiting Auburn Saturday than initially thought.

According to the Associated Press, a "person familiar with the decision" has indicated that Mathieu is one of three players who will be suspended for (at the minimum) LSU's game against the visiting Tigers this Saturday. Also due to sit is starting tailback and leading rusher Spencer Ware and nickelback Tharold Simon.

At his Wednesday evening press conference, Les Miles declined to confirm or deny the reports. He said all healthy roster members had practiced.

"There is no real information about any specific player," he said. "When there is information to share, I will. The problem with this is it's internal. I am not inclined to be forthcoming with any information on this."

The Daily Reveille, the LSU student newspaper, reported that Mathieu and Ware will be suspended as a result of failing a random drug test. According to a source who spoke to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the players tested positive for "synthetic marijuana." At this time there is no indication the suspensions will be for longer than one game.

The good news for LSU is that while both Mathieu and Ware have made major impacts on the Bayou Bengals' 7-0 start, Les Miles has solid options for replacing both. Even with Simon out as the planned "next man up" at corner, Miles can call on experienced senior Ron Brooks to handle that position, or move either Eric Reid or Brandon Taylor from safety to corner and start the other. And against Auburn's 106th-ranked passing offense, the secondary may not be tested much anyway.

There's plenty of depth at tailback, too. Second-leading rusher Michael Ford is already averaging more than a yard more per carry than Ware and third-stringer-in-name-only Alfred Blue has rushed for better than 150 yards the past three weeks.

The bad news for LSU is that Brooks (or a moonlighting Reid or Taylor) is simply not Mathieu, and Ford and Blue are simply not Ware. That's not likely to matter when it comes to the final outcome Saturday, at least according to Vegas; LSU is installed as a 21-point-plus favorite.

But things might not be as comfortable as Miles or the Death Valley crowd would like, and after a season already plagued with off-field distractions like the Jordan Jefferson bar fight and Russell Shepard suspension, Miles would no doubt have preferred to ramp up toward the Alabama megatilt with his team's focus solely on football. Even if the suspensions prove to be of the one-game variety, that doesn't look like it's going to be the case.
Comments

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: October 19, 2011 3:07 pm
 

Report: LSU's Mathieu, Ware suspended for Auburn

CORRECTION: Honey Badger...to Stoney Bear.



Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: October 19, 2011 3:06 pm
 

Report: LSU's Mathieu, Ware suspended for Auburn

I think LSU is the only team in college football that self-punishes players with any consistency, and most LSU fans wouldn't have it any other way. 

Of course you think this and I bet others in the SEC would say the same about their team.  But how many outside the SEC would say that.



Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: October 19, 2011 3:05 pm
 

Report: LSU's Mathieu, Ware suspended for Auburn

You would hope these kids would learn to "control" themselves. For Mathieu especially, he just got a Red Flag placed next to his name in all 30 NFL Draft Rooms. They do not realize EVERYTHING they do, the good and the bad, either makes them or loses them the thing most of them crave the most...money.

It appears Honey Bear's new nickname should be Stoney Bear...




Since: Feb 24, 2010
Posted on: October 19, 2011 3:05 pm
 

Report: LSU's Mathieu, Ware suspended for Auburn

Uh oh!



Since: Sep 1, 2009
Posted on: October 19, 2011 3:02 pm
 

Report: LSU's Mathieu, Ware suspended for Auburn

Very disappointing!!!  These guys are letting down a team that has a true shot at the National Championship! Being an LSU fan this is #$$%^ news, but totally agree with suspension!



Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: October 19, 2011 3:02 pm
 

Report: LSU's Mathieu, Ware suspended for Auburn

I always thought that the Honey Badger looked a little tooo happy if ya know what I mean.  ;)



Since: Sep 29, 2009
Posted on: October 19, 2011 3:00 pm
 

Report: LSU's Mathieu, Ware suspended for Auburn

LSU is the most respectable program in the SEC where cheating is allowed and thrives without any punishment. Good to hear that they don't allow their players to run rampant like Florida



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: October 19, 2011 2:48 pm
 

Report: LSU's Mathieu, Ware suspended for Auburn

I think LSU is the only team in college football that self-punishes players with any consistency, and most LSU fans wouldn't have it any other way. 


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