LSU Football: Honey Badger Becomes Latest in Long Line of Brainless DB's

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LSU Football: Honey Badger Becomes Latest in Long Line of Brainless DB's
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This is going to be a serious bleaux.

Les Miles hasn't given a specific reason, but he insinuated that the Honey Badger violated team rules for the second time and said that Tyrann Mathieu was dismissed from the team. He was suspended last year for drug use.

Update at 5:30pm: Sources say that Mathieu was dismissed for repeated failed drug tests, per school policy.

Here is his exact quote: 

"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.

There are no words to describe how much this hurts. The Honey Badger was more than the best cornerback the Tigers had. He was also the best return man the Tigers had, a Heisman finalist and the spark that could ignite an entire team.

But now, the Tigers will have to move on without him. 

Jalen Collins figures to replace him at cornerback, and star safety Eric Reid can probably cover for him a little bit, but he biggest problem will be finding somebody who can light it up in the return game. Without him, the Tigers may have never woken up against Georgia in last year's SEC Championship Game, and very well may have lost.

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Janoris Jenkins was kicked off the Gators following his second arrest

Rumors have already begun swirling about what the Honey Badger's next step will be. The most likely route is the one Janoris Jenkins just took: after being dismissed from Florida, he went to a lower level school (FCS school North Alabama), dominated there and became a second round draft pick. That's about the best Mathieu can hope for. The two corners match up very well in comparisons: small, remarkable cover skills and can make something happen in the return game as well.

Whatever road he takes, though, this is a huge hit for LSU.

But what's even more amazing is that Mathieu isn't the first, or second or even fifth star cornerback to get into trouble recently for using drugs instead of his brain (or drinking alcohol excessively). Coaches are left with no choice when their best players do something so stupid.

Below is a list of other major cornerbacks who were disciplined by their schools in the past year and a half (since the end of the 2010 season), or are awaiting legal proceedings to finish, (mostly for doing drugs or being excessively drunk) in no particular order. A star by the player's name means it was for physical violence and two stars means it was for theft. The record is unbelievable and speaks for itself.

-Sanders Commings*, Georgia, prior to 2012 season: Suspended for the first two games of the season.

-Avis Commack**, Florida State, 2011 season: Suspended for Champs Sports Bowl against Notre Dame. Transferred to Akron.

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Georgia's cornerbacks have made a habit out of being arrested

-Branden Smith, Georgia, prior to 2012 season: Initially suspended for two games, now set to start in Bulldogs' opener against Buffalo.

-Derrick Thomas, Penn State, prior to 2011 season: Internally disciplined.

-Jourdan Granden*, Arizona, prior to 2012 season- Suspended for spring practice, appears set to return in Wildcat's opener vs. Toledo.

-Brent Brewer*, Tennessee, prior to 2011 season: Kicked off the team by head coach Derek Dooley. Has since been reinstated.

-Greg Reid, Florida State, prior to 2012 season: Kicked off the team by head coach Jimbo Fisher. 

-Mike McNeil*, Auburn, prior to 2011 season: Kicked of the team by head coach Gene Chizik.

-Brian Robinson, Marshall, prior to 2011 season: Kicked off the team by head coach Doc Holliday.

-Darwin Cook & Terrence Garvin**, West Virginia, prior to 2012 season: Status still in the air.

-Janoris Jenkins, Florida, prior to 2011 season: Kicked off the team by head coach Will Muschamp after second offense. Transferred to North Alabama.

-Bacarri Rambo, Georgia, prior to 2012 season: Suspended for first four games of 2012 season.

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Greg Reid was dismissed from the Noles after his fifth arrest

-Christian Scott, Texas, 2011 season: Suspended for three games of 2011 season.

-Durrell Givens, Iowa State, prior to 2012 season: Suspended indefinitely by head coach Paul Rhoads.

-Josh Furman*, Michigan, prior to 2012 season: Suspended for two months by head coach Brady Hoke.

-Zach Gonosz, Kent State, prior to 2011 season: Suspended indefinitely.

-Chris Robinson*, Kansas, prior to 2012 season: Kicked off the team by head coach Charlie Weis

-Dominick Clarke, Ohio State, prior to 2012 season. Status still in the air.

-Deshon Marmon, New Mexico, prior to 2011 season: Suspended for one game.

-Sean Martin, Oregon State, prior to 2012 season: Suspended indefinitely by head coach Mike Reilly.

-Matt Thomas**, Iowa State, prior to 2012 season: Charges were dropped. Set to start in Cyclones' opener vs. Tulsa.

-Devonte Holloman, South Carolina, prior to 2011 season: Suspended indefinitely by head coach Steve Spurrier, allowed to return to practice after missing two months of practice.

-Cliff Harris, Oregon, 2011 season: Kicked off the team by head coach Chip Kelly.

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-Peter St. Fort, Indiana, 2011 season: Suspended indefinitely by head coach Kevin Wilson.

-Malik James, Nevada, prior to 2012 season: Kicked off the team by head coach Chris Ault. Status still in the air.

 

-Malcolm Marable*, Oregon State, prior to 2012 season: Suspended indefinitely by head coach Mike Reilly.

-Emanuel Davis*, East Carolina, prior to 2011 season: Suspended for first game of the 2011 season.

 

-Tristan Holt, Missouri, 2011 season- Kicked off the team by head coach Gary Pinkel.

-Marvin Robinson*, Michigan, 2011 season: Status still in the air.

-Philip Warren*, Marshall, prior to 2012 season: Kicked off the team by head coach Doc Holliday.

-Devin Johnson, TCU, prior to 2012 season: Part of a school wide drug bust in which police arrested 17, including Johnson. Suspended indefinitely by head coach Gary Patterson.

-Sean Collins, Purdue, prior to 2012 season: Kicked off the team by head coach Danny Hope. 

-Isaac Maselera, Oklahoma State, prior to 2012 season: Status still in the air.

-Donald Brown*, Marshall, 2011 season: Kicked off the team by head coach Doc Holliday.

-Cortez Ash*, Florida Atlantic, prior to 2011 season: Suspended for first four games of 2011 season.

-Tracy Clark**, Washington State, prior to 2011 season- Suspended indefinitely.

-Ramon Abreu*, Arizona State, prior to 2011 season- Kicked off the team by head coach Dennis Erickson.

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