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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: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: October 19, 2011 4:01 pm
 

LSU's Mathieu, Ware, Simon suspended for Auburn

If there is talk of more than a one game suspension, then this is about more than a failed drug test.  I suspect we will all know soon enough.  I really wish the LSU players would grow up and realize what is at stake for them this season.  But then again, we are dealing with immature kids here. 



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: October 19, 2011 4:00 pm
 

LSU's Mathieu, Ware, Simon 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.
That depends, if they follow college football objectively they would agree 100%, if they are fly by night bandwagin homers they won't have any idea.  Just do a little research sparky...



Since: Sep 1, 2009
Posted on: October 19, 2011 4:00 pm
 

LSU's Mathieu, Ware, Simon suspended for Auburn

Says the Razorback fan!  Mallot? Basketball prigram? Shall I go on?



Since: Sep 6, 2009
Posted on: October 19, 2011 3:59 pm
 

LSU's Mathieu, Ware, Simon suspended for Auburn

Well, looks like Les Miles eats grass and his players smoke grass.




Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: October 19, 2011 3:58 pm
 

LSU's Mathieu, Ware, Simon 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
Or Washington, USC, or Oregon.  All three of those schools cheat more than any SEC school of course



Since: Jun 18, 2010
Posted on: October 19, 2011 3:56 pm
 

LSU's Mathieu, Ware, Simon suspended for Auburn

I hope it's just one game. I don't want any excuses, either side, when the dust settles in Tuscaloosa on Nov 5th.



Since: Aug 30, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 3:50 pm
 

LSU's Mathieu, Ware, Simon suspended for Auburn

Dumb comment. 




Since: Oct 14, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 3:39 pm
 

LSU's Mathieu, Ware, Simon suspended for Auburn

There are too many Tigers in SEC.  If you add Missouri it gets worse.  Now with the Honey Badger out; will the Tigers win or will the Tigers lose?  I guess it don't make a bit of difference does it?

Frankly I would love to see Auburn pull it off to make it a 4 team race in the SEC West.



Since: Dec 28, 2010
Posted on: October 19, 2011 3:35 pm
 

Report: LSU's Mathieu, Ware suspended for Auburn

Seems like the LSU Team is nothing but a bunch of ThugsEmbarassed  Pretty Embarrassing Program to have such Good Talent.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2011 3:24 pm
 

Report: LSU's Mathieu, Ware suspended for Auburn

The Washington Husky fan that posted earlier must have forgotten that they are in same conference as USC where they are currently serving a two year postseason ban and loss of scholarships.  In addition, he must also not remember that his school was placed on major probation after their split national championship in early 90's.   There will always be issues with a few players at most major schools but it only really makes the press when your school is relevant or the player is unreal like the WR Floyd of Notre Dame--DUI.
Suspending players for doing something wrong is the right thing to do.  It's the programs that take a "do nothing approcah" that are the real problem schools. 


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