LSU Coach Les Miles described Tyrann Mathieu as "a quality guy with behavior issues," in dismissing Mathieu from the football team.
Miles said he expects Mathieu to transfer to another school. By NCAA rule, if he transfers to an FBS, a Football Bowl Subdivision university, he would have to sit out a year. Those schools used to be referred to as Division I schools. If he transfers to a non-FBS school, he could play immediately.
The most likely replacement for Mathieu at cornerback appears to be redshirt freshman Jalen Collins of Olive Branch High School in Mississippi. Senior Wide Receiver Russell Shephard and sophomore receiver Odell Beckham, Junior appear the most likely candidates to take over Mathieu's return duties.
The suspension comes one day after Sports Illustrated named Mathieu a first team All-American at two positions, cornerback and return specialist.
If he plays football at a lower division school this year, Mathieu would be eligible for April's NFL Draft. Draft experts say his small size, 5-9 and 180 pounds, would probably push him out of the first round of the draft, making him possibly a second rounder, and his dismissal from LSU could raise additional concerns about his character.