LSU Football: Tyrann Mathieu Officially out for 2012 NCAA Season, Entering Rehab

Dan Irwin@irwinsportsCorrespondent IIAugust 17, 2012

Former Heisman Trophy finalist Tyrann Mathieu, known as the Honey Badger, will be checking himself in to drug rehab, according to ESPN.

According to the report, Mathieu's father, who has been extremely vocal about his son since he was kicked off the LSU team less than a week ago, said that Tyrann would be entering treatment at the Right Stop Center in Houston. He went on to say that Tyrann would neither be playing college football or attending classes in the 2012-13 school year.

This ends speculation of transfer to an FCS school, as well as the many FBS suitors who have been lining up for the chance to court Mathieu to their program.

Undoubtedly, LSU and head coach Les Miles were humbled by the decision two days ago by Mathieu, in which he made it known he wanted to sit out a season and do what it took to be back on the LSU team if they were willing to accept him back.

Miles had initially remained silent on the issue, but with so much attention on him and the program, addressing things head on had to be on his agenda.

"At this point in time, he needs to do the things that make him happy and that makes sense for his future. If he does that, we'll all be happy," Miles said publicly.

If Mathieu sits out and returns to LSU, he will be eligible for the start of the 2013 season. The only question that remains: can he keep his temptations in check?

Mathieu has failed multiple drug tests to get to this point. Critics of this move are quick to point out that Mathieu has already been given several chances at setting his ship on the right course.

Although we can't go and assume that any player who fails drug tests will be the next Ricky Williams, it's hard to say Mathieu will be headed in the right direction.

Will this instance be any different? Only time will tell.

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