College Football Rankings 2011: LSU Tigers Will Drop in Polls After Bar Brawl
LSU's pursuit of the 2012 BCS National Championship may be in jeopardy after four players, including senior quarterback Jordan Jefferson, got themselves mixed up in a fight outside of Shady's Bar in Baton Rouge on Thursday night.
According to Yahoo! Sports, Jefferson, defensive lineman Josh Johns, offensive lineman Chris Davenport and wide receiver Jarvis Landry are expected to pay a visit to police headquarters on Monday to deliver their side of the story. The brawl allegedly began when a driver attempting to enter the bar's parking lot honked at a crowd blocking the driveway.
A crowd of which the four Bayou Bengals in question were a part.
The melee left four people injured, one seriously enough to potentially levy felony charges of second-degree battery.
Whether or not Jefferson and his teammates are at all culpable in the matter, the fact that they were present for the incident means that they were in violation of the 10:30 P.M. curfew set by head coach Les Miles.
Which comes as something of a disappointment, given that Jefferson, who was shaky under center as a junior last year, is expected to take a firm leadership role with a Tigers team that will start the season ranked fourth in both the AP and the Coaches' Polls.
Such doesn't bode well for LSU's chances of hanging tough in the national title race. The Tigers are scheduled to face third-ranked Oregon in their season opener at Cowboys Stadium in two weeks. A defeat their could derail the team's hopes of contending for the crystal football before they ever begin SEC play.
And that's just the beginning of things for the Tigers, who will have to run the table through one of the toughest slates of games in all of college football if they have any hope of bringing the BCS National Championship back to Baton Rouge. The last thing Miles need is for any of his players, much less his senior leaders, to get mixed up in some stupid scuffle outside a local watering hole.
|1||Oklahoma (Big 12)|
|5||Boise State (Mountain West)|
|6||Florida State (ACC)|
|8||Texas A&M (Big 12)|
|9||Oklahoma State (Big 12)|
|10||Nebraska (Big Ten)|
|11||Wisconsin (Big Ten)|
|12||South Carolina (SEC)|
|13||Virginia Tech (ACC)|
|14||TCU (Mountain West)|
|16||Notre Dame (Independent)|
|17||Michigan State (Big Ten)|
|18||Ohio State (Big Ten)|
|20||Mississippi State (SEC)|
|21||Missouri (Big 12)|
|24||West Virginia (Big East)|
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