UPDATED: Friday, August 10, 2012 - 1:40pm
Baton Rouge, La — LSU Head Coach Les Miles called a special press conference today to announce that Tyrann Mathieu has been removed from the team due to a policy violation.
"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.
Mathieu, a finalist for the Heisman Trophy and the nation's top defensive player a year ago, played in 26 games for the Tigers during his two years, racking up 133 total tackles, 16.0 tackles for loss and four interceptions. He also forced 11 fumbles, which ranks first in school history and seventh in NCAA history, to go with eight fumble recoveries.
Mathieu scored four touchdowns for the Tigers, two on punt returns and two on fumble returns.
“I call on the leadership of this team to understand that these things happen and we have to go on,” Coach Miles, said. “We’re ready to take positive steps. Again, we’ll miss him.”
"We have good players," Miles added when asked about the upcoming season. "Eric Reid, Tharold Simon...the challenge will be on them to step up."