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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: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2011 7:50 pm
 

LSU's Mathieu, Ware, Simon suspended for Auburn

lol, indeed.



Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: October 19, 2011 6:26 pm
 

LSU's Mathieu, Ware, Simon suspended for Auburn

This means nothing. They're playing Auburn. They'll be suited up for Bama, and even that may not be enough. Bama looks awfully strong.



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: October 19, 2011 6:26 pm
 

LSU's Mathieu, Ware, Simon suspended for Auburn

No, I didn't say only LSU self-punishes, I said with any consistency.  That means stars get treated like bench warmers and vice-versa(no double standard) and we immediately suspend and report.  You still haven't learned to read.  Your own Tressel example is the textbook definition of INCONSISTENT.

Actually, I caught the "consistency" part the first time.  I disagree with respect to Tressel, and especially OSU.  There is a reason why OSU has reported the most violations in the NCAA.  It is because OSU reports everything, consistently.  That is, OSU's administration.  Obviously Tressel screwed up in epic proportions when he broke that chain of communication.  And he violated his contract to do it (further proof that OSU policy is to do things the right way).  Fittingly, Tressel is no longer OSU's coach.  The real shame of it all is Tressel had a long, consistent record of doing things the right way before this this incident.  Now his reputation is in tatters, and he has tarnished OSU's reputation along with it.



Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2011 6:15 pm
 

LSU's Mathieu, Ware, Simon suspended for Auburn

Really dissapointing.  More trouble.  We can survive without Ware as I think Michael Ford has never really been given a chance and we have other bruisers such as Kenny Hilliard, but losing Mathieu is going to hurt.  He isn't the most lock down corner, but his ability to make big plays and force turnovers will be missed.  Big time. 



Since: Jun 18, 2010
Posted on: October 19, 2011 5:58 pm
 

LSU's Mathieu, Ware, Simon suspended for Auburn

LOL...thanks Kommencense.  I stand corrected...tought is a word after all.
The internet makes us all seem smarter than we really are. I didn't know it was a word either. I just took a shot.



Since: Jun 18, 2010
Posted on: October 19, 2011 5:55 pm
 

LSU's Mathieu, Ware, Simon suspended for Auburn

Is "tought" a word?  I think not.
I know it was just a typo and you do to  too but here you go.



Thought I better fix that before the grammer police did.



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: October 19, 2011 5:55 pm
 

LSU's Mathieu, Ware, Simon suspended for Auburn

LOL...thanks Kommencense.  I stand corrected...tought is a word after all.



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: October 19, 2011 5:51 pm
 

LSU's Mathieu, Ware, Simon suspended for Auburn

I have had many disagreements with fans of tOSU and the Big Ten in general, but I will say without a doubt Nitrobuck is one of the best and most rational posters on here.  At times, some of us go a little over the top, and I think Skreffy may have done that this time.  I disagree with him more than Nitrobuck, but that is probably because Skreffy went to Tulane.  Wink



Since: Jun 18, 2010
Posted on: October 19, 2011 5:40 pm
 

LSU's Mathieu, Ware, Simon suspended for Auburn

Is "tought" a word?  I think not.
I know it was just a typo and you do to but here you go.








Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: October 19, 2011 5:36 pm
 

LSU's Mathieu, Ware, Simon suspended for Auburn

Nitrobuck obssesed with LSU.

In case you did not notice, I have not aimed negative comments at LSU...they were aimed at you.  I read a report on CBS's general CFB site, and actually, I was all set to move on until I saw your hyperbole laced BS.  So I commented on that.

That may be a shock to you knowing that not a single Ohio State fan ever sacked up and admitted wrong doing. 


And now I have proof that you are a lying sack of crap.  I know I have admitted to wrongdoing at OSU many, many times.  After all the time you have spent trolling OSU related threads, you should know this.  Just ask LSUSMC.  Unlike you, he is rational enough to admit the truth.  You don't, even when it bites you on the arse.  BTW, I am far from being alone when it comes to the wrongdoings at OSU. 

On your comment boards it was either 1) a conspiracy by the NCAA 2) shouldn'thave been illegal 3) other schools do it, and 4) if you aren't cheating you aren't trying.

 
1)  I never claimed a conspiracy by the NCAA.  I have complained about excessive piling on by some members of the media, especially CBS and ESPN, who stand to gain financially when it comes to promoting the SEC by way of smearing the B1G.

2)  I have always maintained that rules are rules, and have been outspoken about there being good reasons why there are rules prohibiting selling your own stuff.  Shoot, I have also maintained that the Tat-5 were punished appropriately.

3)  No doubt many other schools do it, but I have always denounced that as an unviable excuse.

4)  OK, I have lobbed that at SEC wrongdoers.  Culturally, that is a Southern/NASCAR concept.  Despite problems at my Alma Mater, cheating is not acceptable to Ohio St or its fans.

Tressell has tought you well.


Is "tought" a word?  I think not.



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