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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.
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Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 10:42 am
 

LSU's Mathieu, Ware, Simon suspended for Auburn


I think your assuming its marijuana. What drug they tested positive for hasn't come out yet. So it's kind of stupid to say that's it's a "minor issue."




Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2011 10:18 am
 

LSU's Mathieu, Ware, Simon suspended for Auburn

skrefty, 'kids' will be 'kids'. That's why it trips me out to see so many people laugh and immediately call people 'thugs' and 'criminals'. You have every right to be ticked at your boys, I would be ticked at mine (just as I was when those idiots got kicked from the team for armed robbery, the dumba$$es) as well.

I had LSU winning the West this year. I hope the Tigers, my Tigers, show in this game and give us all another LSU/Auburn classic.



Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: October 20, 2011 10:18 am
 

LSU's Mathieu, Ware, Simon suspended for Auburn

Since when did drug suspensions become a relatively minor issue? 

If this is a first offence for a kid in college then it is a minor issue.  Kids do dumb things, you try and teach them and hope they learn their lesson.  They get a penaly that fits the crime and forget about it unless they do something else.



Since: Jul 19, 2009
Posted on: October 20, 2011 10:14 am
 

LSU's Mathieu, Ware, Simon suspended for Auburn

haha, BamaChil is funny, he thinks Bama would beat LSU even if they had Mathieu or Ware, truth is, Lsu would beat Bama without them



Since: Nov 17, 2008
Posted on: October 20, 2011 9:50 am
 

LSU's Mathieu, Ware, Simon suspended for Auburn

MalibuJC - good post.  But Bama won't need any edge like suspended players to beat LSU in Tuscaloosa.  If both teams are full strength and bring their entire starting lineups on both sides, Bama still wins.  The existing edges in Bama's favor are sufficient:  home field, last year's LSU victory as a motivator, and the superiority of Saban over Miles.  In fact, I want LSU at full strength so we don't have to hear any whining about why they lost.  Plus, it would be nice to see the Honey Badger get repeatedly trampled by Trent Richardson.




Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2011 9:50 am
 

LSU's Mathieu, Ware, Simon suspended for Auburn

Since when did drug suspensions become a relatively minor issue? 



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: October 20, 2011 9:40 am
 

LSU's Mathieu, Ware, Simon suspended for Auburn

Getting back to the real issue at hand, kudos to Miles and LSU for handling this relatively minor issue properly.  Mathieu, Ware and Simon deserve raspberries for being stupid.



Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: October 20, 2011 9:33 am
 

LSU's Mathieu, Ware, Simon suspended for Auburn

Some advice to these guys..."Just Say No" Otherwise you may end up with a sleeve, divorced and selling crap on the internet. Ive heard it can stunt growth of arms too..




Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: October 20, 2011 9:32 am
 

LSU's Mathieu, Ware, Simon suspended for Auburn

and they didn't get rid of Tressel until he got caught.


BTW, why would OSU get rid of Tressel before anyone knew he had done something wrong?  That is like blaming the US Gov't for failing to arrest John Wilkes Booth before he shot Lincoln.



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: October 20, 2011 9:16 am
 

LSU's Mathieu, Ware, Simon suspended for Auburn

You can argue that Tressel violated OSU policy and that is why he is gone, but the policy is only as strong as the people the school employees, and they didn't get rid of Tressel until he got caught.

Show me proof that Tressel covered up wrongdoings at OSU prior to Pryor & the Tat-gate issues.  If you can, I'll believe you.  But I doubt you can.  There were some extenuating circumstances surrounding Tat-gate.  Namely, an FBI investigation.  That easily could have influenced his decision to sit on the information until the investigation ran its course.  Of course, that does not absolve him...he absolutely made the wrong decision.  But it can explain why he would go against his own priciples in this case.

His "long, consistent" record was only tarnished by this most recent (multi-year) coverup because word leaked out.

Multi-year coverup?  That is spin run amok.  Tressel got word of the problems in April, and the issue surfaced in December.  OSU reported the e-mails to the NCAA in January & the report went public in March.  So depending on how you define the timeline, Tressel covered up his knowledge of the issue between 8 and 11 months.  In what world is that best described as "multi-year"?


His reputation is tarnished, as you say, and so is Ohio State's, but the odds are greatly in favor of you fooling yourself if you honestly believe they got caught they only time they've ever broken the rules.

Actually, I said OSU is tarnished.  I said Tressel's rep is tattered, which implies irreparable damage. 

Don't be daft.  OSU football players have broken many rules over the years, and they have been punished appropriately.  This is the first case I'm aware of where an OSU football coach committed a major violation since Woody gave a player $100 so he could buy a suit and a bus ticket home for his father's funeral 50 years ago.  And neither case was acceptable to OSU's administration.



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