The long-winding saga between LSU and Travonte Valentine has reached a head.
Valentine, a former 5-star defensive tackle, has been dismissed by the LSU football team following his second stint with the Tigers, the university announced on Thursday.
The sophomore from Miami violated team rules, leading to his dismissal.
“At this point in time, Travonte is no longer part of our football program,” LSU head coach Ed Orgeron said. “We wish him the best.”
Issues in the classroom led to Valentine’s dismissal from LSU the first time. He enrolled at two junior college programs, the last being Mississippi Gulf Coast, before straightening out his coursework and eventually enrolling back at LSU in August 2016.
Valentine appeared in the first five games of the season for the Tigers, amassing 10 total tackles. However, the big defensive tackle did not participate in the final seven games.
Senior Greg Gilmore and sophomore Ed Alexander drew playing time in place of Valentine through the tail end of the season. Both will be factors at the nose tackle position for LSU as the team looks to restock along the defensive front moving into 2017.
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