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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.

Since: Sep 11, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 12:11 am

LSU's Mathieu, Ware, Simon suspended for Auburn

I'm  thinking,  THE MAD HAT is getting his focused, NOONE IS BIGGER THAN THE TEAM?, I GUARNTEE SABIN & TIDES has had this game circle a year ago, Even if both team were not in the top top. I have always though BAMA/LSU is the best game in CFB FOR OVER 50 YEARS! and this year maybe the best LSU/BAMA game ever. The only way this could be better is if this game was on Saturday night in Tiger Stadium.    P.S. How much are tickets going for?

Since: Sep 11, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 11:52 pm

LSU's Mathieu, Ware, Simon suspended for Auburn

Does anyone try drilling it into these kids heads! IT's not about right or wrong! It's about money! Let's get real, OK kids you want to smoke some junk!!, OK it cost $5,000,000, cash or credit?, IF we could just tax stupid, there would be the debt!

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2011 11:30 pm

LSU's Mathieu, Ware, Simon suspended for Auburn

Ohio State's policy may be that they report everything, everytime, but I imagine you'd be hard pressed to find a school that has as it's stated policy that stars receive special treatment.

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

Since: Sep 4, 2009
Posted on: October 19, 2011 11:05 pm

LSU's Mathieu, Ware, Simon suspended for Auburn

All three are future parolees.

Since: Sep 14, 2010
Posted on: October 19, 2011 10:57 pm

Prefect Timing For Looney Les & He Band O Pirates

When you have the A Train ( NO I DONT MEAN AUBURN ) in your near future. Could anyone ask to have a couple of good players sat down now and not vs's Bama. The SEC will make sure they are back before Les has to face Mr Saban and crew. LSU is a 21 point favorite can could win by 50 vs a wanna be Auburn team. But Les will need everyone vs's Bama. So does anyone besides me think the timing of this so these players will back before the have to play the big A Train. The SEC is a bunch of CROOKS.

Since: Jan 5, 2008
Posted on: October 19, 2011 10:04 pm

LSU's Mathieu, Ware, Simon suspended for Auburn

yoe mean TOKES what he wants....LOL

Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: October 19, 2011 9:56 pm

LSU's Mathieu, Ware, Simon suspended for Auburn

Maybe they will lose this game, and then be up 30 points next week against Alabama before Alabama pulls off a magical, unrealistic comeback.  

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2011 9:23 pm

Synthetic Pot

FYI, for those others like me that don't know your K2 from the Blue.  Here is a like to Wiki on synth Pot.


Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2011 9:20 pm

Honey Badger

Well, I guess it is true...Honey Badger takes what he wants.

Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: October 19, 2011 8:03 pm

LSU's Mathieu, Ware, Simon suspended for Auburn


or they're smoking pot.

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