BATON ROUGE, LA (KPLC) - At a press conference on Friday, Louisiana State University head football coach Les Miles announced that Heisman Trophy finalist Tyrann Mathieu, "Honey Badger," had been dismissed from the team.
Miles on Friday said Mathieu is "no longer on the team." He cited a violation of team policies.
Miles called the press conference Friday, after saying it was for a "significant team announcement."
According to WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge, Miles told reporters that he can't imagine that Mathieu will remain at LSU and will likely transfer.
"This issue is bad for one guy. An adjustment needs to be made," Miles said. "I think this is a quality, quality guy that had some behavior issues. I really think this is a redirect that will benefit him greatly. This is an opportunity for him to improve and put self in better position in the future."
In an official statement released to WAFB-TV by LSU, Miles said that it was "a very difficult day" for the team.
"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."
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.
We'll have more on later editions of KPLC7News.