Tyrann Mathieu

Mathieu one of four ex-LSU players busted on drug charges


And, with this, we can make the closing of the book on a Honey Badger return to LSU officially official.

According to WAFB in Baton Rouge, four former members of the LSU football program — Tyrann Mathieu, Jordan Jefferson, Karnell Hatcher, and Derrick Bryant — were arrested Thursday by Baton Rouge Police Department officers on marijuana-related charges.

Mathieu and Jefferson were charged with simple possession of marijuana, while Hatcher was charged with second-offense possession of marijuana.  Bryant is facing the most significant charge — possession with intent to distribute.

BRPD officers found seven bags of what the police report described as “high-grade marijuana” in a backpack belonging to Bryant.  Three other bags of the high-grade weed were found in the apartment, although it’s unclear whose residence it was.  The police’s knock on the door was answered by Mathieu.

The 2010 All-American was dismissed by the Tigers in August of this year after what was reportedly multiple failed drug tests.  He had enrolled in a substance-abuse program after his dismissal and subsequently re-enrolled at LSU.

Mathieu was also the subject of a recent Sports Illustrated “expose'” which intimated potential impermissible benefits received by the player may have put his eligibility in jeopardy had he attempted a return to the Tigers.

With this latest development, Mathieu’s eligibility is, for all intents and purposes, a moot point.

Mark Dantonio quickly tosses aside South Carolina discussion

Mark Dantonio

Michigan State has become a national power under the coaching of Mark Dantonio. The grizzled and confident coach has put together a master plan in East Lansing and has taken the Spartans to the top of the Big Ten along the way, capturing a Big Ten title and victories in the Cotton Bowl and Rose Bowl as well as in-state dominance over the Michigan Wolverines. Danotnio is preparing his Spartans to take on the Wolverines this week, but with the new vacancy opening up at South Carolina following the sudden retirement of Steve Spurrier, Dantonio has already been presented with the question about his thoughts on coaching at South Carolina.

He did not seem all that interested in discussing the vacancy when meeting with Michigan State media this morning.

“Coach Spurrier’s had an outstanding career there, it’s alma mater, and we’re here to talk about Michigan,” Dantonio said when asked about it today. Video below from the Big Ten Network

Dantonio played defensive back for the Gamecocks in the mid 1970s, which helps make Dantonio an interesting name to mention in any coaching future discussion out of Columbia. While Dantonio may have played at South Carolina for Jim Carlen, Dantonio grew up in Ohio and has coached the bulk of his career within Ohio and the Big Ten. He is also one win away from picking up his 100th career coaching victory, 81 of which have come at Michigan State.

Dan Patrick: Spurrier brought personality to the SEC

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South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier is stepping down as head coach of the Gamecocks, and that has the college football world reflecting on the impact he has had on the game of college football. Spurrier’s quips at rivals and revolutionary thoughts on where the sport has been heading were always on the mark, even when his team’s performance on the field was not.

Dan Patrick shared his reaction to the news of Spurrier retiring today on The Dan Patrick Show (simulcast on NBC Sports Network). As many have already suggested, Spurrier’s wit and charm brought a refreshing personality to the SEC.