BATON ROUGE, La.- LSU has dismissed Heisman Trophy finalist Tyrann Mathieu from its football program for violating school and team rules. The junior defensive back, who was nicknamed Honey Badger, was a surprising Heisman Trophy candidate last season as the Tigers won the Southeastern Conference championship and reached the BCS title game. LSU lost the championship 21-0 to Alabama.
He was suspended for a game last year for failing a drug test.
At a news conference Friday, coach Les Miles would not specify the reason Mathieu was kicked off the team. The school's athletic director said Mathieu violated an athletic department rule and had his scholarship revoked.
Mathieu picked up the nickname 'Honey Badger' for his tenacious and aggressive style of play.