Tyrann Mathieu, the Heisman Trophy candidate who was kicked off LSU’s football team last week, didn’t transfer to McNeese State over the weekend, despite the rumors. The latest scuttlebutt: Mathieu, a junior, apparently wants to stay in school at LSU, sit out the season, and then return to the field for the Tigers in September 2013. It’s an interesting idea – one that would certainly endear him to NFL scouts, assuming he stayed out of trouble – but is it even possible?
Friday, Les Miles said Mathieu was off the team “permanently.” The school declined to say exactly why, other than Mathieu was booted for a violation of team and school rules. Many suspected it was a 3rd failed drug test. So if Miles said Mathieu was off the team permanently, why are his people floating the idea to ESPN’s Joe Schad that he could re-join the team after sitting out a year? Glenn Guilbeau, a beat writer for the team, suspects that Mathieu doesn’t understand the school’s substance abuse policy.
Unless, of course, Honey Badger’s dismissal was for a reason other than substance abuse …
[UPDATE: LSU has announced that that no, the Honey Badger cannot play another down with the LSU. He's done.]