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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: Jul 23, 2009
Posted on: October 20, 2011 5:24 pm

LSU's Mathieu, Ware, Simon suspended for Auburn

They were in fact smoking an incense called k-9 which is a synthetic form of pot.K-9 goes by the street name "swerve" and unlike pot the k-9 is actually very bad for your brain mainly and it effects the central nervous system also.Beside the FACT that the A.M.A. has found nothing harmful with marijunia used properly this is another reason why pot prohabition needs to end,now people are now using substances that are very harmful for fear of being arrested for something less damaging than alcohol,ciggerettes and now swerve.

Since: Jan 26, 2007
Posted on: October 20, 2011 1:15 pm

LSU's Mathieu, Ware, Simon suspended for Auburn

Man, he sure does play good for a stoner.

Since: Dec 8, 2009
Posted on: October 20, 2011 12:22 pm

LSU's Mathieu, Ware, Simon suspended for Auburn

First,  according to NCAA policies, and therefore the form that every athlete signs to allow their university, conference and the NCAA to do random drug test, this would fall under the catagory of street drug and is therefore impermissible.  

Second, it doesn't matter whether other scholarship students have a drug policy similar to that of the athletes.  The drug testing really has nothing to do with the actual scholarship.  Every athlete that plays at the NCAA level has to sign a release for drug testing and agreeing to not take the listed banned substances.  Even non-scholarship athletes are required to sign this release form or they forfeit eligibility.  They even have rather harsh penalties for turning in the form late.  A day or a week late might mean a 1+ game suspension.  A month late from the prescribed deadline can mean you could possibly lose a year of eligibility and if you refuse to sign it then you lose complete eligibility and can't play in NCAA sanctioned sports.  This applies to all sports, not just football.  

Since: Nov 17, 2008
Posted on: October 20, 2011 12:01 pm

LSU's Mathieu, Ware, Simon suspended for Auburn

It doesn't surprise me to hear the Honey Badger might be in trouble.  He never shuts his pie hole during games - blatantly taunting and running his mouth nonstop.  So much for the new rule crackdown on all that.  If I was an LSU fan, I'd rather not have him on the team just because he shows no class on the field.  LSU has enough talent that they can do without him.  

Since: Nov 17, 2008
Posted on: October 20, 2011 11:58 am

LSU's Mathieu, Ware, Simon suspended for Auburn

westonlsu1 - correct.  I do think Bama will beat LSU in any case, and you'll note I gave my reasoning for thinking Bama will win.  Do you have any reasoning for thinking LSU will win?

Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: October 20, 2011 11:33 am

LSU's Mathieu, Ware, Simon suspended for Auburn

Two things I would like to take a minute to touch on about this story. Frist "Synthetic" I actually had to look it up (yep I'm over 40) and it turns out that it is considered a controled substance by the DEA (as of March 1st 2011) so it this is illegal product and the repurcussions "could" (be greater than a one game extesion. I doubt if LSU has a synthtic drug as part of it's policies, so well see how this turns out. 

 The other point is more philisophical and that is this was a random drug test. Now I'll be the first to say that these kids are getting a huge benefit being on full scholarship vs other students, but I would love for someone in Baton Rouge to research policies on other scholarship students just to see if the schools policies are uniform for all those receiving benefits not just student athletes? The question is this does a kid on academic scholorship have to submit to random testing too? If not should they have to? Just synthetic food for thought......   

Since: Nov 15, 2009
Posted on: October 20, 2011 11:16 am

LSU's Mathieu, Ware, Simon suspended for Auburn

You don't fail for fake weed. it has no THC in it.   They were smoking the real deal.   But its LSU i'm suprised they are susspended anyways.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: October 20, 2011 11:05 am

LSU's Mathieu, Ware, Simon suspended for Auburn

Since when did drug suspensions become a relatively minor issue? 

Minor as in no felonies thuggery, no armed robbery, no sexual assault, no posession with intent to deliver.  Shoot, not even a misdemeanor.  No DUI.  Not even an NCAA violation.  Nobody sold trinkets for tattoos.  These dumbass kids smoked synthetic marijuana and failed a random drug test.  Kudos to LSU for providing consequences for the kids' actions.

Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: October 20, 2011 10:53 am

LSU's Mathieu, Ware, Simon suspended for Auburn

Uh, you might read again - synthetic MJ......

Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 10:44 am

LSU's Mathieu, Ware, Simon suspended for Auburn

OK it was marijuana. Guess I need to learn how to read the whole story. 

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