LSU Tigers: Black Cloud Continues to Hang over LSU with Shepard Suspension

Randy ChambersAnalyst IAugust 26, 2011

First it was quarterback Jordan Jefferson and three other players getting into a fight—which included Jefferson kicking a victim in the head—in Baton Rouge last week. Police have issued an arrest warrant and since then have taken him and linebacker Josh Johns into custody. 

Then, a couple of days ago, a report came out including backup quarterback Zach Mettenberger and teammate Sam Montgomery that involved guns and fighting. This is all he-said, she-said, for now but it shouldn't have happened and shouldn't be taking over the news a week away from the college football kickoff.

Just when you thought that was going to be it for LSU, there are reports today that wide receiver Russell Shepard is suspended by the school for Week 1. It could possibly even be longer for violating NCAA rules.

These three stories are the only things people are talking about in reference to the LSU Tigers over the last week. It's also controlling the majority of college football news.

It's unfortunate and really sad. 

It's upsetting that we are only a week away from the kickoff of college football, and this is the news that has taken over.

Because of a few knuckleheads, we are consumed with conversation about guns, suspensions, and arrests.

We should be talking about players that are separating themselves from the competition in practice, what type of season this team or player is going to have. We should be breaking down matchups and be excited that college football is finally here.

Speaking of matchups...

Does anyone even remember that the LSU Tigers play the Oregon Ducks a week from tomorrow? In case you didn't know, these are two of the top five teams in the country. It should be one of the greatest games of the week and has the makings of one of the greatest games of the season.

Not anymore.

LSU has lost its starting quarterback and one of its play making receivers in one week. The team that is still there has dealt with nothing but drama and I can't imagine how hard it is to practice with this black could over them.

It seems like every day there is a new story that comes out, and at this pace I'm worried; there is still another week before the game gets here. What will happen between then?

Hopefully nothing, because like most of you, I'm sick of it and ready for college football to arrive already.

So we can finally talk about something else.