Louisiana State University, whose football team was in 2011’s national college football championship game, announced on Friday afternoon that their top player, Tyrann Mathieu, possibly the nation’s best cornerback, has been dismissed for violating team policy. “This is a very difficult day for our team,” said LSU’s head coach Les Miles. “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.”
The university did not disclose which team rule Mathieu broke, however the 20-year-old all American did violate the drug policy last year for testing positive for synthetic marijuana. Mathieu was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, an award presented to college football’s best player, as a sophomore. He won the Chuck Bednarik Award, which is given to the top defensive player. “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,” coach Miles added.