Tyrann Mathieu was dismissed from the LSU football team last Friday, but he wasn’t expelled from the university and could potentially return to the Tigers in the future.
Update: Monday, August 13 at 5:56 p.m. ET
Mathieu is never going to play football for LSU again. The school's senior associate athletic director for NCAA compliance Bo Bahnsen made that abundantly clear in this quote provided by Glenn Guilbeau of the Shreveport Times:
He's permanently ineligible to play football at LSU. That's definite. That's what was said Friday.
This doesn't mean he can't go to school there, just that he won't be playing football, but it would certainly be a surprise if Mathieu didn't seek out a school where he had a chance of resuming his football career at some point.
Update: Monday, Aug. 13 at 2:55 p.m. ET
LSU has chimed in on the Mathieu situation, although the university is being quite vague.
According to Jacques Doucet of WAFB in Baton Rouge, school officials have confirmed that the Heisman finalist will be able to return to LSU this year, but has to pay his own way due to loss of scholarship.
The spokesperson would not comment further on Mathieu's football eligibility status in 2013 and coach Les Miles has yet to speak up on the situation either.
Sometimes, no news is good news and in this case, it seems that the Honey Badger might have a chance to play for LSU next season if he can straighten out his priorities.
Update: Monday, Aug. 13 at 1:30 p.m. ET
It seems that Mathieu has little hope of playing for the LSU Tigers in 2013.
According to Jim Kleinpeter of The Times-Picayune, sources revealed that the star CB has moved back home to New Orleans and is currently only considering McNeese State. He is expected to make a final decision by Wednesday of this week.
This breaking news directly contradicts Schad's earlier report and makes it seem much more likely that the Honey Badger will be taking his talents to a FCS program in 2012, rather than attempting to rejoin LSU or another FBS program.
Update: Monday, Aug. 13 at 12:00 p.m. ET
Glenn Guilbeau, an LSU beat writer, pointed out that Mathieu's ineligibility with the football team is permanent and, unless something changes, his ban will not be lifted. Coach Miles backed that statement up on Friday and it's now even more unlikely that the Honey Badger sticks around and attempts an appeal.
MATHIEU UPDATE:LSU substance abuse policy says"permanent ineligibility," concerning Badger. Miles said Friday, he's off team "permanently."— Glenn Guilbeau (@LSUBeatTweet) August 13, 2012
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According to Joe Schad of ESPN, the cornerback known as the Honey Badger is contemplating sitting out the 2012 college football season, remaining in classes and eyeing a return to the program in 2013.
Obviously, many hurdles must be overcome for Mathieu to be reinstated and there is absolutely no guarantee—even with perfect behavior and approval from coach Les Miles—that the university would allow the troubled young man to continue playing for the Tigers.
It’s likely that Mathieu—going into his junior season—sees the small window of opportunity to play for LSU as a better career choice than going to a FCS school until he is eligible for the NFL draft.
What Should Mathieu Do?
The consensus All-American and Heisman finalist was dismissed from the team following a number of failed drug tests, even though the Bednarik Award-winner was clearly one of the Tigers’ best assets on the field.
If Mathieu decides to drop down to the FCS level, he’s apparently considering McNeese State and has offers from Jackson State and Prairie View A&M (according to Schad’s report).
These schools offer him a chance to play in 2012, something that LSU will not allow after his dismissal, and NCAA rules mandate the Honey Badger would have to sit a season if he were to transfer to another D-I program.
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