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Suspended LSU trio might be back for ‘Bama

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One of the biggest unknowns when it comes the suspensions of three LSU players — aside from whether there are actually suspensions as the school refuses to acknowledge their existence — is just how long the suspensions will last.

The Daily Reveille broke the news that starting cornerback Tyrann Mathieu and leading rusher Spencer Ware would be suspended for the upcoming Auburn game for failing a drug test, while the Associated Press later reported that top nickel corner Tharold Simon would be suspended as well.  The school’s student paper added that the suspensions could be for multiple games, putting in doubt the availability of two starters and a top reserve for the Alabama game in two weeks.

Or, based on at least one report, the players could be available for the Nov. 5 showdown between the top two teams in the latest Associated Press poll and BcS rankings.

ESPN.com‘s Mark Schlabach is reporting that while the players have been suspended indefinitely by head coach Les Miles, there is a chance they could return for the game in Tuscaloosa.  That return would be based on the players meeting several requirements, although we’d assume “importance in keeping the Tigers on track for an SEC title and a shot at the national championship” would be high, so to speak, on the list of said requirements.

“There are some requirements in place which the players have to complete before they’ll be allowed back on the team,” a source familiar with the situation told Schlabach.  What those specific requirements would consist of is unclear.

It’s also unclear if these reports of failed drug tests constitute a first or second offense.  Per LSU’s drug policy for student-athletes, a second failed drug test would prompt a suspension for 15 percent of that sport’s games or a suspension of up to 30 days.  That 15 percent for football would represent a rounded-up number of two games, which would preclude any of the trio of players from playing in the Alabama game if this was their second case of dirty urine.

As has been reported by other media outlets, Schlabach writes that the players are facing sanctions for having tested positive for synthetic marijuana, which is one of multiple recreational and prescription drugs for which the university tests.

That weed substitute, more commonly referred to as K2 and which was developed at Clemson University, is described by one “pharmacologist” as “an herbal substance sold as an incense or smoking material that remains legal in the United States. The products contain one or more synthetic compounds that behave similarly to the primary psychoactive constituent of marijuana… THC.”

High Times describes it as “some really good s—.”

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15 Responses to “Suspended LSU trio might be back for ‘Bama”
  1. pacific123ocean says: Oct 20, 2011 4:51 PM

    Of course they will be back for the Alabama game…does this surprise anyone?

  2. coltsfan1987 says: Oct 20, 2011 4:51 PM

    Of course they will…heaven forbid anything takes priority over a football game.

    The SEC: Where discipline lives.

  3. florida727 says: Oct 20, 2011 5:25 PM

    Hello? McFly? Anybody home?

    They’ll be in uniform in Tuscaloosa. Count on it.

  4. deadeye says: Oct 20, 2011 5:25 PM

    I think everyone instinctively understood they’d be on the field against Bama no matter what.

  5. erictcartman says: Oct 20, 2011 5:27 PM

    That is a funny headling “MIGHT” be available for Alabama….

    “LSU’s STUDENT ATHO-LEETS”—LOL

  6. lucky5934 says: Oct 20, 2011 5:34 PM

    Well, the drugs they used pales in comparison to leaving a footprint on a guys body at a bar… so yeah, they will be back.

  7. rolltide510 says: Oct 20, 2011 5:47 PM

    We believe in Les Miles’ ironclad reputation as a disciplinarian and trust his good judgement. We also believe this trio of fine young men represents everything that is good about Louisiana State University and our fine state. We’re not really concerned with the written policys of our university, we are sure the “requirements” they have to meet will be stringent.

  8. buckybadger says: Oct 20, 2011 6:00 PM

    Synthetic marijuana? Here in Denver we just get a doctors notice and smoke the real stuff.

  9. rajuncajun28 says: Oct 20, 2011 7:09 PM

    i predict rolletide 510 will still be a hick redneck from tuskeyloser when bama loses on nov 5….

  10. paulbrownsrevenge says: Oct 20, 2011 8:56 PM

    At least Michigan State suspended their defensive star for a game thats important.

    LSU is becoming Da U.

  11. BadaBingBadaBama says: Oct 20, 2011 10:11 PM

    I hope every player on LSU’s roster plays in the Alabama game such that there is no excuses when they get their a#s pounded’

    LSU is about to get a rude awakening come November 5th.

  12. ezwriter69 says: Oct 21, 2011 3:56 AM

    May be back for Bama? Of course they’ll be back… it’s not like they stomped some guy in the head or anything.

  13. ezwriter69 says: Oct 21, 2011 3:57 AM

    paulbrown, MSU specifically did NOT choose to suspend Gholston, the Big Ten did.

  14. helenh777 says: Oct 21, 2011 8:10 AM

    I must be the only one that is surprised that a team can have three players taking drugs and the team keeps their wins.

    By the way rajuncajun28, it will take more than synthetic marijuana to beat Alabama. Looks like everyone in every state except yours is a hick. Hick or not, you high society guys will go down.
    BIG TIME

  15. soonerrlater says: Oct 21, 2011 7:51 PM

    Ya think? lol …the timing is perfect for a suspension and a return.

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