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Tyrann Mathieu Kicked Off LSU For Violating Team Rules

Double whoa.
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At LSU's press conference this afternoon, Les Miles communicated that Tyrann Mathieu, the Tigers' dynamic defensive playmaker, is no longer part of the program. Let the speculation begin.

Mathieu was expected to be a Heisman finalist this year and goes by the nickname "The Honey Badger."

Update: He was dismissed for "breaking a school rule."

Here is the official release by LSU:

Tyrann Mathieu has been dismissed from the LSU football team for violation of team policy, head coach Les Miles announced on Friday.

"This is a very difficult day for our team," Miles said. "We lose a quality person, teammate and contributor to the program. However, with that being said, we have a standard that our players are held to and when that standard is not met, there are consequences.

"It's hard because we all love Tyrann. We will do what we can as coaches, teammates, and friends to get him on a path where he can have success. We are going to miss him."

Mathieu, a finalist for the Heisman Trophy and the nation's top defensive player a year ago, played in 26 games for the Tigers during his two years, racking up 133 total tackles, 16.0 tackles for loss and four interceptions. He also forced 11 fumbles, which ranks first in school history and seventh in NCAA history, to go with eight fumble recoveries.

Mathieu scored four touchdowns for the Tigers, two on punt returns and two on fumble returns.

Guess this means we'll have to update our Heisman Hopefuls For Every Ranked Team list. Damn.