BATON ROUGE, La. -- The Honey Badger has been dismissed from the LSU football team for a violation of team policy, according to LSU head coach Les Miles.
Miles would not disclose the reasons for the dismissal, citing privacy reasons.
"I think he's a quality, quality guy who had behavior issues," said Miles. "That's it. I think his time with us was a positive."
He said he hoped that Mathieu's discipline would be a wake up call for the talented young ball player.
"We'll miss the guy, but just like with an injury, the team has to go on," said Miles.
Mathieu was a finalist for the Heisman last season after making several big plays for the Tigers in the secondary and as a punt returner. He was on every preseason All-American team this year. Mathieu was a standout at St. Augustine High School.
“This is a very difficult day for our team,” Miles said. “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.
“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.”
Miles said he expects Mathieu to transfer from LSU and play football at another school.
Mathieu was suspended for one game in the 2010-2011 season for violating team policy.