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Tyrann Mathieu could make LSU football return in 2013

Tyrann Mathieu is no longer a member of the LSU Tigers, but he did enroll for the fall semester after spending part of his offseason in drug rehab.

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NCAA trouble for Honey Badger?

Sports Illustrated reports former (and possible future) LSU star Tyrann Mathieu has some things to clear up with the NCAA before his potential return to college football.

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Tyrann Mathieu has 'legitimate chance' of return

On the Scott Van Pelt show on Tuesday afternoon, LSU Tigers football coach Les Miles implied that dismissed cornerback Tyrann Mathieu could return to the team in 2013. Randy Rosetta, the LSU beat reporter for the New Orleans Times-Picayune, tweeted out a quote from the interview:

LSU coach Les Miles: On Mathieu "There is a very legitimate chance this will have a happy ending." Sounds like he's welcome back to me.

Rosetta went on to tweet his interpretation of what Miles had to say about Mathieu's possible return.

Mathieu has been enrolled at LSU and seeking drug treatment after being dismissed from the football team back in August after failing a drug test. Mathieu did have the option to transfer and play immediately at an FCS school to prepare for the 2013 NFL Draft, but he opted to stay at LSU.

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Tyrann Mathieu Enrolls At LSU, 'Not Worried Too Much About Football'

Former LSU cornerback and Heisman Trophy finalist Tyrann Mathieu was back on campus Tuesday, but only as a student this time. Mathieu was dismissed from the football program three weeks ago, leaving his future in question.

He spoke with The Daily Reveille, the LSU student newspaper, and said he was just focused on academics and graduating. "I'm just focusing on academics right now and really myself," Mathieu said. "I'm not worried too much about football."

This is consistent with reports of him seeking treatment and wanting to remain at LSU, even if he isn't playing football. More from the Daily Reveille report:

"I'm finished with that treatment phase and it went well. A lot of issues that I was dealing with, I felt like I got those things handled."

Les Miles had this to say about Mathieu at his weekly press conference Tuesday:

"I think he's making some quality decisions for himself. I believe he's made some difficult decisions for himself that will better him as he goes forward. We certainly wish him the very best."

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Tyrann Mathieu Will Enroll At LSU, According To Father

Defensive back Tyrann Mathieu will enroll at LSU on Tuesday, according to his father. Mathieu was dismissed from the Tigers football program on Aug. 10 for failing a drug test. Rather than opting to transfer to a Football Championship Subdivision school where he could play football in 2012, Mathieu has instead opted to focus on getting his life in order. That involves entering drug rehab, according to reports.

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Mathieu was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2011, the most visible star on an LSU team that reached the BCS Championship game. He finished the season with 71 tackles, two interceptions, two fumble returns for touchdowns and two punt returns for touchdowns. It is unknown whether or not a re-dedicated Mathieu might be allowed to return to the LSU football team in 2013.

For more coverage, be sure to visit LSU Tigers blog And The Valley Shook as well as SB Nation's college football hub.

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Tyrann Mathieu Will Miss '12 Season, Opts For Rehab, According To Report

Former LSU football star Tyrann Mathieu will remain in a drug rehab center in Houston and not play football at another school this season, according to a report by WVUE, a FOX news affiliate in New Orleans.

The reigning Bednarik Award winner, Mathieu was kicked off of the LSU football team last week for violating team policy.

The WVUE report says former NBA star John Lucas is mentoring Mathieu. Lucas, profiled in this 2011 Sports Illustrated piece, struggled with substance abuse during his career.

LSU head coach Les Miles did not reveal the exact reason why Mathieu was kicked off the team, but this latest report confirms that a failed drug test lead to the cornerback's dismissal from the team.

This latest news is surprising, considering a report surfaced on Monday night saying that Mathieu would announce where he was going to transfer on Wednesday. Mathieu could have transferred to an FCS school and played immediately, helping prepare himself for the 2013 NFL draft.

For more LSU football coverage, head over to And The Valley Shook.

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LSU Football: Les Miles Denies Meeting With Tyrann Mathieu

More rumors keep popping up about dismissed LSU Tigers defensive back Tyrann Mathieu. According to an article by Jim Kleinpeter of The Times Picayune, LSU head football coach Les Miles told Mathieu to "move on with his career."

On Wednesday Miles denied the report, according to LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette.

If Mathieu ends up playing elsewhere, he should be immediately eligible to play for an FCS school. He has already visited McNeese State in Lake Charles, La., and has reportedly expressed interest in Nicholls State in Thibodaux, La., Jackson State in Mississippi and Prairie View A&M in Texas.

About 20 schools have contacted LSU in hopes of landing the reigning Bednarik Award winner, the school says.

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Tyrann Mathieu 'Permanently Ineligible To Play Football At LSU,' Says LSU Compliance Officer

Louisiana State's compliance officer ended any speculation that recently-dismissed defensive back Tyrann Mathieu could return to the team in 2013.

Per the Shreveport Times, Bo Bahnsen, LSU's senior associate director for NCAA compliance, declared Mathieu "permanently ineligible" at LSU.

Mathieu was dismissed from LSU's team on Friday by Les Miles. Though neither Miles nor school officials can reveal the precise reason for Mathieu's dismissal because of privacy laws, reports have surfaced throughout the last week that Mathieu failed a drug test -- again.

With a return to LSU seemingly impossible, the Honey Badger may very well find himself playing football for McNeese State, where he visited on Friday. Since McNeese State is an FCS school, Mathieu would be eligible to play in 2012 should he transfer.

For the latest on the LSU Tigers, be sure to check out And The Valley Shook as well as the SEC blog, Team Speed Kills.


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Tyrann Mathieu Interested In Staying At LSU, According To Report

According to reports from all over, dismissed LSU star Tyrann Mathieu is looking at transferring to McNeese State. The Cowboys' own coach confirmed a weekend meeting, even risking a minor NCAA violation to make the news public. But he hasn't made the move yet, and this could be the reason why:

That might be farfetched (Scott Rabalais reports the "matter is far from settled"), as it appears he was booted after again failing a drug test, which resulted in automatic dismissal. But Schad reports Mathieu is interested in paying his own way through school for a year and then returning to the team in 2013.

He hasn't spent his redshirt season yet, so it wouldn't cost him any eligibility anyway. He could still leave for the NFL after his third season on the field, albeit with an additional year's worth of maturing, plus vastly superior coaching and competition compared to what he could find at the FCS level.

It seems like quite a longshot to me, since school rules trump team rules in cases like this (and the word "permanent" tends to imply, you know, permanence), but it would be a cool thing to see.

That word could also indicate Mathieu screwed up even worse than we'd thought:

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Tyrann Mathieu Visited McNeese State On Friday, Coach Says

Tyrann Mathieu's alleged visit to McNeese State on Friday, just hours after his dismissal from LSU, now has significant substantiation in the form of McNeese State coach Matt Viator telling the Associated Press as much in a statement.

"I received a call from Tyrann after practice on Friday that he wanted to come and meet with us," said Viator. "We contacted LSU to get permission to talk to him and he arrived on campus later that night. We visited for an hour-and-a-half and then he went back home to New Orleans."

McNeese State doesn't exactly have a golden ticket to the NFL in its pocket, but it's an FCS school where Mathieu would be eligible to play in 2012, and Mathieu is better off playing somewhere than languishing at home for the fall.

McNeese State being in Louisiana might help and hurt Mathieu, though, as the Honey Badger's proximity to folks from New Orleans, where he grew up, was not exactly ideal at LSU.

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PHOTO: Tyrann Mathieu, Allegedly Already At McNeese State

2011 Heisman finalist Tyrann Mathieu was booted from LSU football after violating team rules, reportedly via failing another drug test. To play college football this year, he'll have to drop down a level, due to NCAA transfer rules. He was looking for a new school even before the news broke on Friday, so it would make sense that he might already have one lined up.

Former fellow LSU special teamer Josh Jasper announced later Friday that Mathieu is already gone to McNeese State, with Bruce Feldman reporting the deal could be done soon. Multiple other outlets reported the same thing.

And now, via Reddit, here's an image allegedly showing Mathieu already at the Cowboys' fieldhouse:

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McNeese State is in Lake Charles, Louisiana, only about two hours from LSU's campus and three from Mathieu's hometown of New Orleans. You might remember the Cowboys from such troubled defensive back transfers as Tennessee safety Janzen Jackson's last year.

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Tyrann Mathieu Reportedly Looking At Transferring To McNeese State

In a move that would make a whole lot of sense, Tyrann Mathieu is reportedly looking into transferring to McNeese State. Earlier on Friday, Mathieu was dismissed from the LSU football team, reportedly following a failed drug test. It's widely thought that Mathieu will transfer down a level, which would allow him to play right away.

The report comes from Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports.

And the John Jasper tweet Feldman referenced was as follows:

Yeah, that's the punter apparently breaking some news, because this saga wasn't enough.

If Mathieu does end up at McNeese State, not only would he be eligible to play right away, he'd also be staying in Louisiana, which wouldn't be too big of a move for him. One would expect this move to happen sooner rather than later, allowing Mathieu to quickly get on the field and do Honey Badger things.

For more on Tigers football, visit LSU blog And The Valley Shook, plus SEC blog Team Speed Kills.

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Tyrann Mathieu Dismissed Due To Failed Drug Test, According To Reports

Though there have been rumors of a failed drug test -- or multiple failed drug tests -- leading up to Tyrann Mathieu's dismissal from the LSU football team, we still weren't exactly sure why Les Miles sent him packing on Friday. Now though, the Times-Picayne is confirming those rumors, reporting that Mathieu was indeed dismissed due to a failed drug test.

The report cites a source close to Mathieu.

The Honey Badger's days at LSU are done. The Tiger's All American cornerback and Heisman finalist Tyrann Mathieu has been dismissed from the team because of a failed drug test, a source close to Mathieu said Friday.

It's not a shock at all, as Mathieu was suspended last season for failing a drug test. It's likely that multiple failed drug tests led to the dismissal, which would fall in line with LSU's drug policy.

It remains unknown where Mathieu may transfer, though it's likely he'll move down a level, to FCS, in an effort to play immediately.

For more on Tigers football, visit LSU blog And The Valley Shook, plus SEC blog Team Speed Kills.

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Tyrann Mathieu Dismissed By LSU Football For Violation

At a rescheduled Friday press conference, LSU announced Tyrann Mathieu is gone for a violation of team rules.

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