The LSU Tigers will be without running back Spencer Ware, cornerback Tyrann Mathieu and defensive back Tharold Simon for this weekend’s game against Auburn after the trio tested positive for synthetic marijuana.
But according to a report by nola.com, all three players will be eligible to play against Alabama on November 5th. Two sources confirmed this to the website.
In his weekly press conference on Wednesday, head coach Les Miles refused to shed any new light on the situation or even acknowledge the suspensions.
But there is one sentence in the report that is definitely worth noting.
“The players will have to clear a series of requirements to regain eligibility for the game, the sources said.”
This is why you need to take this report with a grain of salt.
Anytime illegal drugs or underage drinking are reported on a college campus, the issue immediately falls under the jurisdiction of the university and local law enforcement.
The other important thing to note is that this is not Ware or Mathieu’s first offense which means they could be facing a 30-day suspension.
And according to the LSU “Illegal or Abusive Use of Alcohol or Other Drugs by Students” policy, “sanctions may include, but not be limited to, probation, suspension, expulsion, and mandated educational intervention.”
The Tigers are fortunate to have a bye week before their game against Alabama so that these issues can get taken care of, but for anyone to say what will happen in this case is in all likelihood speculative—this coming from a current college student.
Could Ware, Mathieu and Simon be back in time to play Alabama? Sure. But until you hear it directly from the university, treat it as a report and not a fact.