LSU Dismisses Nose Guard Travonte Valentine For Second Time

    LSU nose guard Travonte Valentine has been dismissed from the football program by head coach Ed Orgeron, the second time he has been asked to leave the Tigers.

    January 19, 2017

    LSU nose guard Travonte Valentine has been dismissed from the football program by head coach Ed Orgeron. This is the second time he has been asked to leave the Tigers.


    For the second time in his collegiate career, Travonte Valentine has been dismissed from the LSU football program, this time by head coach Ed Orgeron for a violation of team rules.

    “At this point in time, Travonte is no longer part of our football program,” Orgeron said. “We wish him the best.”

    Valentine, a nose tackle, had rejoined the Tigers heading into the 2016 season after first being dismissed in 2014. In the first dismissal, Valentine was ruled ineligible for the season and redshirted. He never played a down for LSU until this season, appearing in the first five games of the season. In those games he recorded 10 tackles, but did not see any action for the rest of the year.

    Back in August, the 6-3, 345-pound Valentine spoke on how he had grown as a person since his first dismissal.

    “I want to focus on my three years at LSU to graduate and hopefully win a few national championships,” Valentine said. “I’ve matured as a man since I left and want to prove myself to the wonderful fans at LSU.”

    Between his two stints in Baton Rouge, Valentine spent time at both Arizona Western and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College trying to reclaim eligibility so he could play FBS football.

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