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Last season as a sophomore, Mathieu was a Heisman Trophy finalist and won the
Chuck Bednarik Award as the nation's top defensive player.
Miles did not specify the reason for Mathieu's dismissal.
"This is a very difficult day for our team," Miles said at a press conference.
"We lose a quality person, teammate and contributor to the program. However,
with that being said, we have a standard that our players are held to and when
that standard is not met, there are consequences.
"It's hard because we all love Tyrann. We will do what we can as coaches,
teammates, and friends to get him on a path where he can have success. We are
going to miss him."
Mathieu, nicknamed the "Honey Badger," was suspended one game last year for
reportedly failing a drug test.
In 26 games with the Tigers, Mathieu totaled 133 tackles, forced a school-
record 11 fumbles and registered four interceptions. He added four touchdowns,
two on punt returns and two on fumble returns.