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Heisman finalist Mathieu kicked off LSU’s roster

Sat., Aug. 11, 2012

Heisman Trophy finalist Tyrann Mathieu (pictured right) was kicked off LSU’s football team Friday for breaking an athletic department rule, a blow to the Tigers’ national championship hopes three weeks before their season opener. The junior defensive back – nicknamed Honey Badger for his tenacious style, small stature (5-foot-9, 175 pounds) and blond streak of hair – rose from obscurity last year to become one of college football’s biggest stars. Athletic director Joe Alleva said Mathieu, who was suspended for a game in 2011 after failing a drug test, violated a rule and had his scholarship revoked. The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, citing an unidentified source, reported that Mathieu failed another drug test. – Associated Press

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