The saga of Travonte Valentine has finally reached it’s conclusion, as he’s been dismissed from the program for the second time. SID Michael Bonnette released a brief statement this morning notifying of the release:
Valentine’s LSU career has been plagued with academic questions, poor decision making and ensuing disciplinary actions. Last offseason, it seemed he may have finally been making progress, after a brief stint at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. He made his way back to LSU and actually saw significant action in a handful of games to start the season.
However, things took a turn once LSU moved on from Les Miles. Valentine disappeared from the rotation and never seemed to mesh with Pete Jenkins. Orgeron has repeatedly stressed allowing his coaches to coach their position, so one must wonder if the decision to field Valentine came more from Les Miles than it ever did from Orgeron.
Valentine failed to appear in any of LSU’s final seven games, so news of his dismissal is hardly a shock. For his part, it’s sad to see such wasted talent. He’s naturally gifted in ways many others are not, but as it stands, he’s electing to throw that all away and succumb to poor decision making. Here’s to hoping this can be a final wake-up call and he will land on his feet somewhere and get his life in order.
From the LSU perspective, it’s hard to bemoan losing a player that’s not contributing. By season’s end, Rashard Lawrence and Edwin Alexander were already growing into bigger roles. Fellow freshman Glen Logan took a RS and is also waiting in the wings. Add to that mix another batch of top flight recruits coming in this signing class and it’s a fairly easy decision to part ways.