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No Surprise: All 3 Suspended LSU Players Back At Practice

Tailback Spencer Ware and defensive backs Tyrann Mathieu and Tharold Simon were all back at practice for LSU yesterday, reinstated after a one-game suspension for a failed drug test.  And the world gasps with surprise and shock.

“Those guys were at practice,” Les Miles said yesterday.  “If they continue to do the things they were doing (at practice), we would anticipate that they would play.  We’re practicing and preparing them to play and operating along that way.  We’re going to practice them.  We’re going to plan on using them.  They enjoyed being with their team.  They worked hard.  They were missed.”

And now they’re back in time for top-ranked LSU’s showdown game with second-ranked Alabama.  In making his announcement, Miles still refused to classify what befell Mathieu, Ware and Simon as a suspension.

“I don’t recall that I ever suspended them to you guys.  Am I right?  So I guess what I’m saying to you is we’ve operated as this discipline would be internal and we would handle it in that way, and our guys have returned to practice.” 

The Baton Rouge Advocate reports that when Miles was asked what term besides “suspension” he would use to describe the players’ situation, the coach said: “We withheld them from play.”

Oh.

Here’s the problem for LSU (and by association the SEC): The national media that will bury the Tigers-Tide matchup in hype and coverage will be all over the angle of whether or not “the synthetic marijuana three” should be playing at all.  Splitting hairs between “suspension” and “we withheld them from play” won’t help matters.

The Tigers are only a couple of months removed from a major bar brawl that made national news and left starting quarterback Jordan Jefferson — and his 49 pairs of shoes — facing serious charges (later downgraded) and off the team for several weeks.

Oh, and receiver Russell Shepard was suspended for the first three games of the season for an NCAA rules violation.

In addition, LSU has one of the softer drug policies in the SEC.  In fact, officially there is no final strike that would result in a player’s dismissal.  And in the case of these players there was wiggle room in the system allowing for a one-game ban rather than a two-game ban.

The reinstatement of the players above may be 100% fair.  But outside Louisiana, it’s doubtful it will be viewed as such by skeptical rival fans and a cynical media.  Allowing Mathieu, Ware and Simon to return only adds to the perception that Miles is running a pretty loose ship down on The Bayou.

 


9 comments
gumborue
gumborue

If CLM wont say that he kicked perilloux off for multiple failed drug tests why would you think he'd say anything about a short suspension of these 3?

viciousdawg
viciousdawg

These young men made a mistake and paid a price for it. If LSU officials think they have paid their price for being stupid then who are we to think other wise. HOPEFULLY these young men will learn from their mistake and be better for it. ye without sin cast the first stone. And NO I'm not a LSU fan.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

mriguy, lodger16 and teeboy...

Sorry to step on your purple and gold toes, but why don't you go and read the piece again. I believe I stated that reinstating those players will lead many in the national media next week to suggest Miles is running a loose ship.

I don't see a single line stating that they should be given more than one game or that we think LSU runs a loose ship. (Though we do make it clear -- based on analysis -- that LSU's drug policy is pretty soft.)

Once again there's what is written... and there's what fans read. Guess you missed that whole "The reinstatement of the players may be 100% fair," line.

Also, I find it interesting that none of you have posted "thanks" or "attaboy" under any of our numerous posts praising LSU's great football team or incredible focus.

If you go through like looking to be "insulted," odds are you'll find insults everywhere... even where they don't exist.

John

teeboy
teeboy

Please go after Les and LSU and see how his team responds

lodger16
lodger16

Get over it. Over half the nation wants marijuana legalized. Just because some old white guy politicians would rather protect the private prison industry doesn't mean college football should suffer. It's not a performance enhancer, and public universities shouldn't be playing the role of pseudo-law enforcement.
I know it's "against the law", but America is full of dumb laws and unenforced laws. Just check out Wall St!

mriguy
mriguy

One game for fake weed seems reasonable. Saying it should be more than one game makes you sound like an Alabama fan that is nervous.

MikeTheTiger
MikeTheTiger

While I got the part of your article that speaks to overall media and fan perception and agree that such suspicions will continue, the thing that bothers me is the tone. You do nothing but further egg on those suspicions when you headline the article with "No Surprise". I don't think it's unreasonable to interpret that as sarcasm and suspicion of LSU's motives. Also, I disagree with the assertion that LSU has "one of the softer drug policies in the SEC." You seem to key on the fact that there is no automatic dismissal written into the rules, but if you really think about it, you'll see that it's unnecessary. How often has any LSU football player been suspended on two separate occasions for an entire football season, only to return to the squad? For that matter, how many times has a player been suspended even once for a year and returned? The fact of the matter is that LSU's drug policy is pretty standard for the conference. 10 of 12 have no penalty for 1st offense. 6 of 12 have a 15% of games or less penalty for 2nd. 6 of 12 have one-year or less for 3rd.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

MikeTheTiger...

Actually the "no surprise" part meant "no surprise." Reports had said that LSU would reinstate the players on Tuesday and they did.

Thanks for reading,
John

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