Is Tyrann Mathieu Considering Sitting Out A Year To Return To LSU Next Season?
After reports that Tyrann Mathieu visited the McNeese football program on Friday night to possibly join the team, we are now getting reports that the Honey Badger is considering sitting out a year.
ESPN's Joe Schad is reporting that Mathieu is now expressing interest in sitting out the season, staying in school at LSU and trying to rejoin the team next season if it can be worked out with the school.
Update 6:30 p.m. LSU"s Herb Vincent tweets response to reports about the Honey Badger. See below
UPDATE 6:30 p.m. Herb Vincent, LSU's Associate Vice Chancellor for University Relations/Sr. Asso. Athletics Director tweeted this:
UPDATE 5:45 p.m.
LSU compliance officer says Honey Badger cannot return to football team! Here are the details!
BATON ROUGE - Tyrann "Honey Badger" Mathieu cannot return to the LSU football team at any time in the future, LSU senior associate athletic director for NCAA compliance Bo Bahnsen reiterated on Monday after an ESPN story stated there was a chance Mathieu could return for the 2013 season."He's permanently ineligible to play football at LSU," Bahnsen said in a telephone interview Monday afternoon. "That's definite. That's what was said Friday."
Mathieu is free to enroll in classes in the upcoming semester at LSU. He was not kicked out of school, Bahnsen said.
ESPN is reporting:
Former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu has expressed interest in sitting out this season, staying in class and hoping for a return to the program in 2013, if it can be worked out with the school, according to sources.
Mathieu was dismissed from the team and suspended for the season following failed substance-abuse tests but not dismissed by the university. The possibility of future reinstatement would have to be approved at many levels, including university administration and head coach Les Miles, and it is being discussed.
Mathieu has visited McNeese State, and that remains an option, according to a source close to Mathieu. And while other FCS schools including Jackson State and Prairie View A&M have expressed interest, they are not options at this time.
Mathieu has been described as "heartbroken" and "grieving" since his dismissal from the team.
Who says that Les Miles and the football program will take him back. Do you think LSU would take him back? More details to come.