I've exercised my brain enough, and I'm sure someone more knowledgeable than I could cook me up a better answer, but I cannot recall a time when a National-Championship-caliber team booted both their best and most renowned player on the eve of the football season... for "violating team rules." Details remain scarce, even now. We don't know the drug; we don't know the extent of usage; we don't even really know the history. Here is what we know:
- Les Miles suspended Tyrann Mathieu for a single game in 2011 (along with Tharold Simon and Spencer Ware) for synthetic marijuana use.
- Les Miles booted Tyrann Mathieu off the team in 2012 for "violating team rules."
- Tyrann Mathieu enrolled in rehab shortly thereafter.