Mathieu off team
Alleva: ‘He’s a good kid, but he broke the rules’
BY LES EAST
August 11, 2012
Tyrann Mathieu, a Heisman Trophy finalist a year ago and the most dynamic player on LSU’s preseason No. 1-ranked football team, was permanently dismissed from the Tigers on Friday — bringing to an end a career that lasted only two years but was easily one of the most colorful in school history, teeming with big highlights, a catchy nickname and slices of controversy.
LSU coach Les Miles said the dismissal of Mathieu, a junior defensive back/punt returner from New Orleans, was for “violation of team policy.” Neither Miles nor athletic director Joe Alleva, who both spoke at a brief midday news conference, said which policy was violated by Mathieu, who was held out of a game against Auburn last season for a violation that was widely reported to be a second failed drug test.
“I’m not going to confirm or deny either one,” Alleva said.