LSU corner among 3 suspended

LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, right, battling the Vols’ Da’Rick Rogers, will reportedly sit against Auburn.

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LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, right, battling the Vols’ Da’Rick Rogers, will reportedly sit against Auburn.

BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU suspended star cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, along with defensive back Tharold Simon and running back Spencer Ware for Saturday's home game against Auburn because they've run afoul of the team's drug policy, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.

Coach Les Miles declined to confirm any punishments for his top-ranked Tigers after practice.

"I understand the interest which surrounds what seems to be news. There is internal discipline and internal news," Miles said. "I have a process I go through. … There is no real information about any player that I'll address at this point."

Mathieu has forced four fumbles, recovering three and returning two for scores. He also has two interceptions and 42 tackles, including 1½ sacks.

Ware is the leading rusher with 512 yards and six touchdowns.

Simon has one interception and 29 tackles.

LSU is deep at running back and should be able to cope with Ware's absence. Michael Ford, who has rushed for 359 yards and six touchdowns, and Alfred Blue, who has 235 yards rushing and four TDs, will likely be the top two backs against Auburn.

In the defensive backfield, senior Ron Brooks would be the likely candidate to step in at cornerback for Mathieu, while fellow senior Derrick Bryant could play nickel back.

The Tigers have a week off after Saturday and play No. 2 Alabama on Nov. 5.

SEC suspensions: The SEC suspended two Georgia players and one Vanderbilt player for the first halves of their next games as punishment for incidents in the Bulldogs' 33-28 win last week. Vanderbilt center Logan Stewart will sit against Army this week, and Georgia defensive tackle Kwame Geathers and defensive back Shawn Williams will sit against Florida in Jacksonville on Oct. 29. Geathers hit Stewart after Stewart was called for a flagrant personal foul. Williams drew a flagrant personal foul. The SEC made no public ruling on Vanderbilt coach James Franklin or Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, who had a heated exchange on the field after the game.

More Vanderbilt: Coach James Franklin said Jordan Rodgers, the younger brother of Packers star Aaron Rodgers, will replace Larry Smith and make his first start Saturday against Army. Rodgers, a junior college transfer who missed the 2010 with a shoulder injury, drove the Commodores to three touchdowns against Georgia despite completing just 4 of 19 passes for 47 yards with an interception. He did, however, rush for 80 yards on 11 carries.

Arkansas: Freshman running back Kody Walker had surgery to repair a stress fracture in his shin. Coach Bobby Petrino didn't say how many games Walker would miss.

Boise State: NCAA officials reinstated sophomore defensive tackle Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe, who served a six-game suspension for taking improper benefits worth $13,600 before and after he enrolled at the university. He is eligible to play in Saturday's game against Air Force.

Clemson: Linebacker Tony Steward will miss the rest of the season after tearing the ACL in his knee during practice.

Oregon: Quarterback Darron Thomas, who injured his left leg last week, practiced and said he expects to play against Colorado even though there has been no official word about his status.

Basketball

ACC: With five starters back from a team that came within minutes of reaching the Final Four, North Carolina was picked to finish first on 57 of 59 ballots from media members during the league's Operation Basketball event in Charlotte, N.C. The Tar Heels' Harrison Barnes was a unanimous All-ACC preseason pick and voted preseason player of the year. Duke was picked for second, and FSU third, where it has finished in each of the past two seasons. Miami was fifth.

Big East: Defending national champion Connecticut and Syracuse were voted co-favorites in the league coaches' preseason poll. USF was picked to finish 14th in the 16-team league. Pitt guard Ashton Gibbs was chosen preseason player of the year.

LSU corner among 3 suspended 10/19/11 [Last modified: Thursday, October 20, 2011 12:46am]

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