Tyrann Mathieu's suspension from LSU wasn't your average suspension. LSU announced their ruling in a mysterious, intentionally opaque press conference, and their reasons for waving goodbye to their best player were never fully divulged. Whatever the reason, the farewell seemed permanent: four days after the press conference in which LSU head coach Les Miles announced Mathieu's dismissal and said, "We are going to miss him," LSU's NCCA compliance director Bo Bahnsen told USA Today, "He's permanently ineligible to play football at LSU. That's definite. That's what was said Friday." [CORRECTION, 5:27 p.m.: LSU senior associate AD Herb Vincent refuted Bahnsen's statement shortly after it was made in this tweet, and followed up with the (non-) clarification, "To clarify: Tyrann Mathieu has the option to go to LSU as a student. LSU is not speculating on his football future."] Mathieu, a Heisman finalist as a sophomore, would have to spend his junior season in purgatory as he navigated the NCAA's labyrinth transfer policy and tried to determine whether his violation of team rules would keep him off the field if he went elsewhere.
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