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Tyrann Mathieu: Star's Troubles Must Be Used as Cautionary Tale to Young Players

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 09:  Tyrann Mathieu #7 of the Louisiana State University Tigers reacts after breaking up a play against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Sam R. QuinnSenior Analyst IIIAugust 15, 2012

Unless you are an avid detester of the LSU Tigers, you certainly aren't happy about Tyrann Mathieu's recent dismissal from their football program.

Mathieu, the recipient of the 2011 Chuck Bednarik Award, was a wonder to watch on the football field. Affectionately nicknamed "The Honey Badger," Mathieu turned around numerous games for Les Miles' squad.

He was electric on punt returns, taking two back for touchdowns. He forced six fumbles and returned two of them for touchdowns. But that doesn't matter anymore, as his football career is in serious jeopardy.

This incident should be looked at by coaches all over the country and used as a cautionary tale to incoming freshmen every year.

It should be used to show players that even the best in the country can be dismissed for violating team policies. Mathieu finished fifth in Heisman voting last season and was one of the most exciting players in the nation, but that didn't help him in this instance.

According to USA Today, Bo Bahnsen, LSU senior associate athletics director for NCAA compliance, had this to say regarding Mathieu's status: "He's permanently ineligible to play football at LSU. That's definite. That's what was said Friday."

Per the same USA Today report: 

A person with knowledge told USA TODAY Sports the dismissal was for repeated positive drug tests revealing marijuana over the last year. Miles and other LSU officials cannot say the exact reason Mathieu was kicked off the team because of student-athlete privacy laws.

Marijuana use has become more socially acceptable in recent times, but Mathieu's dismissal shows that major college football programs across the country won't be too kind to repeat offenders.

Even with all the power Miles and the other people at the top of the program have, Mathieu's tenure with LSU could not be salvaged.

Far too often, major college football players think they are invincible and have nobody to answer to, but that isn't the case.

Mathieu's unfortunate dismissal should be used to show people that.

Last season, Mathieu was at the top of the FBS world. Now he is fighting for his football life, pondering what school he will play football for next.

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