Originally written March 16, 2013 on NESN.com:
The 2012 college football season was a fun one. We got to see Johnny Manziel emerge into “Johnny Football,” we followed Manti Te’o‘s path from “Notre Dame linebacker and Heisman candidate” to “running joke” and we watched Alabama win another National Championship to add to their mantle. But the biggest crime of this college football season was that we didn’t get to see Tyrann Mathieu compete for a single snap. Before the LSU football season started, their star slot cornerback was kicked off the team for a violation of team rules. It was since reported that violation included failing multiple drug tests. Instead of transferring to an FCS or Division II school, Mathieu entered rehab and then continued attending LSU, even if he couldn’t play on their football squad. That looked like a good, mature decision until Mathieu was arrested on Oct. 25 for possession of marijuana. Mathieu says he hasn’t touched the drug since that arrest. He says getting arrested was what finally forced him to ...
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