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Policy indicates LSU trio could miss Alabama game

Posted on: October 20, 2011 4:19 pm
Edited on: October 20, 2011 4:57 pm
 

LSU could be without cornerbacks Tyrann Mathieu and Tharold Simon and running back Spencer Ware against Alabama if -- and the key word is "if" -- their suspensions were for a second failed drug test, according to the school’s substance abuse policy.

Mathieu, Simon and Ware will not play Saturday against Auburn "after testing positive for synthetic marijuana," The Times-Picayune reported.

LSU officials and coach Les Miles have not confirmed that the players have been suspended for a failed drug test.

Based on the school's substance abuse policy, obtained by CBSSports.com, a second positive test results in a "suspension from up to 15 percent [rounding method used] of countable contests and/or suspension up to 30 days or combination thereof upon recommendation of treatment team. The penalty will be observed in all sports from the date of signed notification."

The policy does not specify if "up to 15 percent" is a subjective decision, meaning a student-athlete can be suspended "up to 15 percent" or if the suspension is "automatically" 15 percent of games. For a 12-game season, a 15-percent suspension computes to 1.8 games, which would be rounded up to a two-game suspension.

LSU's policy also states there is no automatic suspension for a first positive test and a one-year suspension for a third.

Mathieu and Ware are starters for the No. 1-ranked Tigers, while Simon is a backup cornerback who plays mostly in nickel situations.

After playing Auburn Saturday, LSU is off next week before visiting No. 2-ranked Alabama.

According to the school’s substance abuse policy, every student-athlete is tested a minimum of twice a year. The tests can be random or announced.

However, once a student-athlete has a positive test, the "athlete is subject to unannounced testing at an increased frequency at the discretion of the Drug Prevention Coordinator," LSU’s policy states.

LSU's student-athletes are tested for: "marijuana; synthetic marijuana; cocaine; amphetamine class (includes speed, designer drug 'ecstasy,' etc.); LSD (Lysergic Acid Diethylamide); opiate class (includes heroine, morphine, codeine, etc.); ephedrine; alcohol (ethanol); anabolic steroids and miscellaneous random tests for Clenbuterol, probenecid, barbiturates and adulterants." 

Ware is LSU's leading rusher, while Mathieu is a dark horse Heisman Trophy candidate.

"I certainly understand the interest surrounding what seems to be news," Miles told reporters after Wednesday’s practice. "The problem with that news is that it's internal discipline and an internal function of a team. I'm not inclined to be forthcoming with information. I'm not reactionary to meet the [needs] of the media and things external to this building.

"So, with that being said, there’s a process that I go through. When there's information that I can share, I will. I can only tell you that I’m doing this in the best interest of our football team, our squad and to maintain a deportment and a procedure that I'm true to in a process that I'm very comfortable with. There's no real information about any specific player that I'll address at this point."

Comments

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 10:20 am
 

Policy indicates LSU trio could miss Alabama game

I think we are the only state that has outlawed so far

Texas has also. Not sure who else. 



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2011 10:18 am
 

Policy indicates LSU trio could miss Alabama game

LSU officials and coach Les Miles have not confirmed that the players have been suspended for a failed drug test.

Because there is not a test out there for synthetic mj. These guys had to either have been caught buying/possessing or someone snitched them out.



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2011 12:41 pm
 

Policy indicates LSU trio could miss Alabama game

Jefferson got the opposite of preferential treatment, he was assaulted and had to miss 4 games.  Since when is self-defence a crime?  Even the grand jury agreed.
 Oh, BS. Just because most of the witnesses are pro LSU doesnt change the fact of what he did. There may not be enough to convict him but he certainly didn't "defend" himself. That's like shooting a guy in the back after he robbed you and was walking out the door. Now don't get me wrong, from what I hear, the bozo was asking for it but Jefferson has to do better than that
Moron, if they were pro-LSU they would want Lee playing and not Jefferson.  The charges were dropped because the video evidence demanded it be dropped.  This is nothing at all like Ingram having his drug arrest covered up.  Swing and a miss...



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2011 12:36 pm
 

Policy indicates LSU trio could miss Alabama game

While I'm not condoning student-athletes getting high, I really hope this suspension only lasts one game. LSU has a really good football team and I want both LSU and Alabama to be full strength when they play. This way nothing is left to question when the game is over.

Besides, it's not like these kids broke the law. This stuff can be purchased at any head shop in New Orleans. A one game suspension should get the point across IMO.
Actually, Louisiana, being a very Republican state, has made it illegal.  I think we are the only state that has outlawed so far, but we have a Senator who wears diapers, visits prostitutes, claims to be family values, and worked BP against his own state in the oil spill (David Vitter), so we have all kinds of problems.

We certainly have our issues, and our ultra-reactionary stance bit us in the rear on this one.  Synthetic marijuana isn't even banned by the NCAA, but Miles is a by the bok guy, and it is illegal in Louisiana (we have a very powerful liquor lobby that goes after anything else intoxicating).

So as a state we were last in raising the drinking age to 21 (the fed made us), we were the first to go after much less dangerous marijuana like substances.  But as soon as we ban one they make another with a different molecule.  Instead of boosting education, Jindal chases bogeymen.

I admit it, our state is screwed up lol.



Since: Jun 2, 2010
Posted on: October 21, 2011 12:02 pm
 

Policy indicates LSU trio could miss Alabama game

Bravo!



Since: Aug 4, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 11:43 am
 

Policy indicates LSU trio could miss Alabama game

While I'm not condoning student-athletes getting high, I really hope this suspension only lasts one game. LSU has a really good football team and I want both LSU and Alabama to be full strength when they play. This way nothing is left to question when the game is over.

Besides, it's not like these kids broke the law. This stuff can be purchased at any head shop in New Orleans. A one game suspension should get the point across IMO.



Since: Aug 27, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2011 11:27 am
 

Policy indicates LSU trio could miss Alabama game

You can bet your ass that LSU will disguise the charges or do something to find a way to have these players available for the Bama game.  Mark my words.
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Not so sure about that jrzdevls.  Les Miles is "by the book".  I think he's proven that time and again.


ntarver0568
Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 11:27 am
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Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2011 11:23 am
 

Policy indicates LSU trio could miss Alabama game

One game is enough. This stuff isn't even illegal, you can buy it in the French Quarter.



Since: Jan 5, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 11:19 am
 

Policy indicates LSU trio could miss Alabama game

But start 'em for the bowl game, right BuckeyeFan?   Or should Miles have covered this up and notified the players' "mentors" rather than suspending them.   Are the

heating/cooling bills high in your glass house? 

I love how ppl keep thinking that ohio state did this on their own account. I'm sorry but the ncaa cleared our guys and said the penalty would carry to their next season. Mostly because the revenue for the bowl would have dropped tremendously. We played by the ncaa rules. And the rules in that particular instance were sadly based around the almighty dollar. 


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