Tyrann Mathieu to Enroll at LSU for Fall Semester
Update: Monday, Sept. 3 at 9:30 p.m. ET
Schad tweeted on Monday:
Sheila Mathieu, Tyrone's adoptive mother, said "yes" when asked if she thought Tyrann may be able to play for LSU again.— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) September 4, 2012
Sheila noted that Mathieu has made progress this offseason, via Schad:
Tyrann is a lot better, thank God," she said. "He's strengthening himself and he continues to do so. He's focused on academics."— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) September 4, 2012
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Tyrann Mathieu will enroll at LSU tomorrow, according to his father Tyrone, via Joe Schad of ESPN.
Schad tweeted on Monday:
Tyrann Mathieu enrolling at LSU tomorrow per father Tyrone— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) September 3, 2012
Also, because the defensive back was suspended from the football program this offseason, he no longer has a scholarship with the university.
Obviously, Tyrann Mathieu will be paying own way at LSU— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) September 3, 2012
It's quite the fall from grace for a player who was widely considered to be the greatest defensive playmaker in college football last season, as the Tigers went on to the BCS National Championship Game. One of last year's Heisman finalists, Mathieu won't be able to play football at LSU this season.
Mathieu racked up 76 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions, 1.5 sacks, nine pass deflections, three QB hurries and six forced fumbles last season. He also ran two punts back for touchdowns and returned two fumbles for touchdowns.
Mathieu, whom the LSU football program suspended indefinitely in August for violating the school's substance-abuse policy, decided not to transfer to an FCS school this offseason, which would have allowed him to play football. Instead, he'll grind through school this year and hope LSU reinstates him next season.
One can only hope that the "Honey Badger" gets his life straight and will see the field again in 2013. He has taken steps toward getting better, including enrolling in a drug rehabilitation center.
It's hard to see a talent like Mathieu being kept from competing, especially after all he's gone through. There were doubts whether a player his size could make an impact in college football the second he stepped on the field. Now, there are questions whether he can stay out of trouble off the football field.
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