Big news out of LSU today as the Tigers — who host UW on Sept. 8 in Baton Rouge — have announced that star cornerback Tyrann Mathieu has been kicked off the team for a violation of team rules.
Mathieu, nicknamed the “Honey Badger,” would have been a junior this year and was generally acclaimed as the best cornerback in the country a year ago, winning first team All-American honors and the Chuck Bendarik Award as the best defensive player in the country. He’s also a standout returner, scoring two TDs on punt returns last season. He was also a Heisman finalist.
So obviously, a big loss for an LSU team expected to contend for the national title this season and something that will put a different wrinkle on UW’s trip there this season.
Redshirt freshman Jalen Collins is listed behind Mathieu on the depth chart.
Here’s an early story with details.
UPDATE AT NOON:
Here are a few more stories on this:
— ESPN.com’s Chris Low says LSU will persevere.
— SBNation looks at what’s next for LSU.
— Here’s the take from Pete Thamel at the New York Times.
— Finally, another ESPN.com writer says Mathieu’s selfishness caught up to him.