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Reports: FCS-bound Mathieu failed drug tests ahead of LSU boot

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Well, that certainly didn’t take long.

Early Friday afternoon, LSU announced that All-American cornerback Tyrann Matthieu had been dismissed from the Tigers for a violation of team rules, a decision school officials said was made last night.  Well, 24 hours later, Mathieu reportedly has found a new football home.

In a tweet from now-former teammate Josh Jasper, the kicker/punter “reports” that Mathieu has moved on to McNeese State in Louisiana.  The FCS-level school has not confirmed Mathieu’s addition to the roster.

If Jasper is accurate, it would mean that LSU dismissed Mathieu as “eligible” and the defensive back would be permitted to play immediately at his new program.  The move, again if confirmed, would be reminiscent of fellow defensive back and All-SEC performer Janzen Jackson‘s move from Tennessee to the same school in August of last year.

Jackson’s dismissal reportedly stemmed from failed drug tests.

A source with knowledge of the situation told ESPN.com that Mathieu’s dismissal came as a result of what the website calls “repeated violations of LSU’s substance abuse policy for athletes.”  Mathieu, along with two teammates, were suspended for one game last season, reportedly for a failed drug test or tests.

Neither head coach Les Miles nor athletic director Joe Alleva would confirm that failed drug tests resulted in the dismissal, but the latter stated that, whatever violation of school policy led to the boot, it was an ongoing issue.

“This was just a team policy, not going to confirm or deny either way,” Alleva said when asked about failed drug tests. “The policy is a written policy. It’s like the speed limit, if you are going over the speed limit, you’re breaking the law. He’s been over the speed limit. As in, he’s been over it a lot.”

According to LSU’s drug policy for athletes, “[u]p to [a] one-year suspension from all athletic related activities (team practices, weight room, team running, etc…)” and a “one-year suspension from competition” are automatically triggered after a third failed drug test.  A second failed drug test would result in a one-game suspension (15 percent of that sport’s regular season games, rounded down); as mentioned previously, Mathieu was suspended for one game last season, although the reason for the suspension was never confirmed by the school.

Updated 8/11 @ 1:06 p.m. ET: According a release from McNeese State “Mathieu has not made a decision on his intentions and there will be no other comments from McNeese about the issue at this time.” The release did state, however, that the two sides have met.

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  1. suprmous says: Aug 10, 2012 6:41 PM

    John, I wouldn’t be countin my turducken’s fore the party starts. Tyranne’s still got options on what he’s goin to do. But I can tell you hes realized he kissed away a lot. He admitted it was all for stupidity. God bless him for that. I have to admit if I wasn’t aware of a lot he went thru growin up I’d be one who’d be wonderin how could he do what he did. However knowin just makes me more disappointed than anything and hurt that he let the demons win. Rather than jump on the bandwagon and judge him he needs prayer and his friends not to give up on him. He really is a good kid.

  2. cometkazie says: Aug 10, 2012 6:44 PM

    Cecil “The Diesel” Collins ended up at McNeese, too.

    He also ended up in prison. He is still there.

    I never thought Bert Jones’ number looked right on a defensive back. . . .

  3. frankiebooboo says: Aug 10, 2012 6:46 PM

    I feel sorry for him for allowing stupid mistakes to ruin his LSU career. But I’m so glad I don’t have to hear the word honeybadger mentioned a million times. That’s one one thing about football that I wasn’t looking forward too.

  4. brewcrewfan54 says: Aug 10, 2012 6:49 PM

    Suprmous, was it for stupidity or arrogance? Maybe he became so full of his own press he thought there was no way they kick him off the team. Either way, his uprbinging is nothing more than an excuse. His upbringing may have been difficult but he was able to make something of himself and no doubt had people telling him to knock off the stupid behavior. He chose to ignore them. Thats not his upbringing its not learning from his mistakes.

  5. papabush88 says: Aug 10, 2012 6:55 PM

    Not that shocking of a story. This kid was an idiot. Great athlete. Funny how the Heisman trust took away Reggie Bush’s trophy for “amoral” character yet they invited drug addict Mathieu to NY last December.

  6. frug says: Aug 10, 2012 6:57 PM

    If this is accurate then Matthieu should consider himself lucky. If this was his third failed drug test LSU could have dismissed “ineligible” which would have prohibited him from playing at any NCAA school at any level (1-A, 1-AA, II, or III).

  7. papabush88 says: Aug 10, 2012 6:59 PM

    @frug

    Way too harsh to do that. He was already getting a below average education at LSU. Too bad he wasn’t playing for Urban Meyer. Meyere probably would’ve been his drug dealer.

  8. roundup5 says: Aug 10, 2012 7:14 PM

    And another “moron” bites the dust. These idiots will
    never learn.

  9. suprmous says: Aug 10, 2012 7:31 PM

    papabush, I wish to hell you’d visit LSU just once to see what the school has to offer: when it comes to education we have some of the top knotched programs in the Country. We’ve graduated some of the most notable doctors who’ve gone into research, we’ve had teachers who’ve become doctors of education, and even some who’ve become nationally known politicans. So tell me how it is LSU is a school of below average education. I’ve listened to you complain about this till I’m sick of your rude remarks and talk about something you have no idea about. Clearly you’re the one who comes off with the below average education if you’ve got to dis LSU. In addition, you have no clue as to how Tyrann’s life was growing up. Before you judge somebody how bout walking in their shoes.

  10. roundup5 says: Aug 10, 2012 7:41 PM

    suprmous: Knuckelhead’s background, and the opportunities
    that he has been “given”, should have been incentive to climb
    up the success ladder, not fall off the ladder. Quit with this crap
    about his background.

  11. papabush88 says: Aug 10, 2012 7:44 PM

    @suprmous

    US News ranks LSU as #128 university. I know there are many universities in the country, but 128 is low when talking within the context of Div 1 sports. I think there are 120 schools in Div 1-A. However, it is a matter of how you look at it. I supposed you can look at the numbers yourself and make an argument supporting your opinion.

    Tyrann Mathieu is an exceptional football player, but he made a lot of stupid mistakes. However, if I were putting together a team, my offense would be a bunch of talented but well disciplined and well behaved guys. My defense would be guys like Mathieu who have a chip on their shoulder and come from tough walks of life. Boy scouts on Offense and Thugs on Defense. Maybe that’s why the USC QBs have been so good. All are wealthy and affluent types from good families. And maybe that’s why SEC defenses are so good. They get rough and tough guys.

    My education was just fine. Graduated from a school ranked #23 nationally.

  12. papabush88 says: Aug 10, 2012 7:50 PM

    I will say this to all LSU fans (and most SEC fans). Mad respect for your fanbases. When I was attending USC, I walked outside to where my frat was hosting a pre game party for one of the USC football games. In the midst of all the Cardinal and Gold, I saw one guy wearing Purple and Yellow (forgive me for not knowing the specific name of your colors). He was all by himself. He had brought his own portable grill and was cooking jambalaya. He was in the same fraternity as me but at the LSU chapter. Didn’t know a single soul at USC. I introduced myself and asked why he was at USC. He said “I take whatever chance I get to watch a good football game. USC is a good team. Never been to a game. Been to every SEC stadium.” Then he offered me jambalaya. THAT WAS AN AWESOME FAN. And I’m sure the SEC has more of those. Loyal fans.

  13. jmb795 says: Aug 10, 2012 7:55 PM

    Does weed make your hair turn blonde?

  14. harryglyphics says: Aug 10, 2012 8:03 PM

    Why can’t he just sign with the Bengals?

  15. ukeone says: Aug 10, 2012 8:13 PM

    The weed must be cheeper in Lake Charles. Good luck, LOSER!!!

  16. packerpride03 says: Aug 10, 2012 8:29 PM

    Some people just don’t get it

  17. crawfish2011 says: Aug 10, 2012 8:44 PM

    He should go down the street to Southern University.

  18. Deb says: Aug 10, 2012 9:15 PM

    He’s just going into his junior year, right? If he buckles down and has a clean year at an FCS school, could he return to LSU? Or is that out of the question?

    And for those who keep saying that Mathieu, at 5’7″, is too short to play defensive back in the NFL, these come to mind …

    Antoine Winfield, 5’9″, All-Pro & Pro Bowl corner for the Vikes.

    Jim Leonhard, strong safety, 5’8″. An undrafted rookie w/Buffalo, he recorded 51 tackles in one season despite a calf injury and is the team’s sixth leading tackler; he just signed with Denver.

    Bob Sanders, 5’8″, All-Pro & Pro Bowl strong safety, both an AFC and an NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

    His personal issues may keep Mathieu from an NFL career, but his height wouldn’t.

  19. thraiderskin says: Aug 10, 2012 10:40 PM

    wow… what a moron. He literally gave LSU no other choice and what a tough choice it must have been. I feel bad for LSU, I really thought he had a good shot at being the third defensive player to win a Heisman, ever.

  20. vincentbojackson says: Aug 10, 2012 11:17 PM

    Honey Badger don’t care (about team rules).

  21. raysfan1 says: Aug 10, 2012 11:51 PM

    @papabush–
    First, the most important thing about the quality of a college education,no matter which U a person attends (so long as it is accredited) is the effort that person puts into it. Also, yes, LSU ranked #128 on the US News overall list–out of 280 schools ranked. Based on that, if you are going to use school ranking as the criterion for education quality, then LSU is above the “average” of 140. Plus, you mentioned the fact that there are 120 FBS schools as if that is relevant to LSU’s US News ranking even though you must realize most of the universities on the list are not FBS schools, since your own at #23 is not an FBS school.

    BTW, I went to one of the 2 schools tied for first.

  22. ampatsisahypocrite says: Aug 11, 2012 12:02 AM

    Honey Badger don’t care!

  23. sunsation3413 says: Aug 11, 2012 2:28 AM

    Kid made stupid choices. He has given up millions and future security all in the name of smoking some fat ones. Even Randy Moss was bright enough to not get caught until after he signed his pro contracts!

  24. cambodianbreastmilk says: Aug 11, 2012 6:52 AM

    Cool. He just went from guaranteed first round pick to character concerning second rounder. How dumb can a person be? I mean, at least Ricky retired, said he lost motivation to play, and told us he loves weed and was going to Africa (or wherever) . I can’t ever fault him for being honest.

  25. norcalirish says: Aug 11, 2012 7:01 AM

    Lol @ papabush88 talkin academics. Forbes just put usc at 95th in the country. Notre Dame was 12th.

    Just another category we’ve got you beat in.

    Go Irish.

  26. cometkazie says: Aug 11, 2012 8:12 AM

    I believe the Forbes list was the result of an alumni poll, which loses a bit of objectivity.

    Those polls don’t really tell us much as there are advantages of a small school, but they don’t generally have an engineering curriculum, etc, etc. Tulane, Centenary, and Louisiana College almost always rank ahead of LSU.

    A person can get a good education at a C+ school and vice versa.

  27. floridacock says: Aug 11, 2012 9:08 AM

    So McNeese State does not have a drug policy?

  28. chmba says: Aug 11, 2012 9:54 AM

    @papabush – education is what you make of it generally. Virtually every school has strong points and weaker ones including LSU and USC. As far as U S News ranking, all public schools with open admission policies (state requirements) are hurt because a major factor is percentage of freshmen who were top 10% in high school – a challenge your USC doesn’t have to deal with. Instead of trashing other schools perhaps a little respect for Miles actually following the policy and being willing to dump a potential Heisman candidate might be more in order. USC alumni really don’t have any room to be throwing rocks!

  29. florida727 says: Aug 11, 2012 10:59 AM

    papabush88 says:
    Aug 10, 2012 6:59 PM
    He was already getting a below average education at LSU. Too bad he wasn’t playing for Urban Meyer. Meyere probably would’ve been his drug dealer.

    “papabush88″, have you always been this ignorant, or is it a recent development?

  30. onbucky96 says: Aug 11, 2012 11:37 AM

    Wake ‘n Bake Honey Badger! Freaking idiot. Once you’re done playing football, you can blaze up and most of us won’t care. Enjoy slumming in @McNeese…

  31. frank booth says: Aug 11, 2012 2:45 PM

    papabush88 says:
    Aug 10, 2012 7:44 PM
    @suprmous

    US News ranks LSU as #128 university. I know there are many universities in the country, but 128 is low when talking within the context of Div 1 sports. I think there are 120 schools in Div 1-A. However, it is a matter of how you look at it. I supposed you can look at the numbers yourself and make an argument supporting your opinion.

    Tyrann Mathieu is an exceptional football player, but he made a lot of stupid mistakes. However, if I were putting together a team, my offense would be a bunch of talented but well disciplined and well behaved guys. My defense would be guys like Mathieu who have a chip on their shoulder and come from tough walks of life. Boy scouts on Offense and Thugs on Defense. Maybe that’s why the USC QBs have been so good. All are wealthy and affluent types from good families. And maybe that’s why SEC defenses are so good. They get rough and tough guys.

    My education was just fine. Graduated from a school ranked #23 nationally.

     13 26 
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    Regardless of the university’s ranking, there are plenty of easy majors at any national university, some even geared to making it easier on athletes. Whether at Michigan or USC, there are plenty of top athletes admitted that wouldn’t be there on academics, and are admitted on their athletic ability whereas they would be rejected without it. The academic counselors are aware of it, and athletes are steered into easier programs.

    In fact, I believe about 12 years ago, it was USC that was placed on probation for having counselors write papers for athletes.

    So you can stop playing the academics game with USC football. There are as many top athletes that are idiots there as there are at any school.

    In 2010, USC’s grad rate for football was 58 percent, good for 6th in the PAC 10. That rate would put them 10th in the Big Ten and 9th in the SEC, below LSU. So while USC may be an excellent school, it means little if the athletes aren’t taking advantage of it, even less if the athletes are steered into easier programs, and even less when someone is doing their work for them.

  32. Deb says: Aug 11, 2012 3:09 PM

    I’m not an LSU fan, but I’ve had two exceptional surgeons who were LSU grads, so I’m thankful for the educations they received in Baton Rouge. It’s not the school, it’s the student. You can go to Harvard and be an idiot. You can go to some rinky-dink school and turn out to be a fabulous artist, writer, doctor, lawyer, or all-around great person. Some of the most intelligent people I’ve ever known–some who’ve literally changed the world by building new governments in other countries–never went to college at all. So people who try to build themselves up–or tear others down–based on the ranking of a university are … kinda silly.

  33. floridacock says: Aug 11, 2012 3:21 PM

    This is an athletic site. Why do any of you people care about the academics?! The vast amount of top athletes only care enough to stay eligible so they can have their shot at the pros. Sad but true.

  34. papabush88 says: Aug 11, 2012 3:40 PM

    @Frank booth

    Yeah USC is tough school. Not surprised grad rate is low for football players. Fortunately, as Kiffin has said and show by example, he is now trying to recruit smarter athletes. However his motive for that is most likely so recruits can enroll early and don’t count against scholarship reductions.

  35. deepfreezerob says: Aug 11, 2012 3:41 PM

    Start all the Lions jokes you want to but hell if Detroit could get him I wouldn’t be mad. Oh and Joe Dumars went to McNeese State

  36. dkhhuey says: Aug 11, 2012 4:02 PM

    Ah – it must be getting close to football season because that means there is always going to be a jackass irish fan touting scholastic statistics in lieu of football performance actually played on the field! Enjoy your normal plummet back to irrelevance starting with game 2 or so…

  37. iownyou2 says: Aug 11, 2012 4:52 PM

    What a shocker. Another fine SEC talent.

  38. ladymacesq says: Aug 11, 2012 5:25 PM

    The reinvention of Maurice Clarett.

    Maybe they’ll be able to share a jail cell.

  39. papabush88 says: Aug 11, 2012 6:04 PM

    @floridacock

    I think they’re called student-athletes. But if you think it’s just about athletics then Reggie Bush and USC shouldn’t have been penalized because he was just an athlete.

  40. kdbroom says: Aug 11, 2012 8:42 PM

    papabush88,

    My experience has shown me that when people like yourself bash other people’s education, it usually means you’re compensating for some shortfall in your own life…like low self-esteem. You try to make yourself feel better by trying to pull other people down, rather than lifting yourself up. I’ve known knuckleheads from great schools, and extremely bright people from not-so-great schools. You need to find some other way to feel good about whatever you might have done in your life (and graduating from USC may very well be your high point…which is sad).

  41. papabush88 says: Aug 11, 2012 11:53 PM

    @Kdbroom

    Thanks for psychoanalysis. I’m just fine. I’m well educated and well employed. Busy raising a family not tea bagging some fan like others do

  42. frank booth says: Aug 12, 2012 12:57 AM

    papabush88 says:
    Aug 11, 2012 3:40 PM
    @Frank booth

    Yeah USC is tough school. Not surprised grad rate is low for football players. Fortunately, as Kiffin has said and show by example, he is now trying to recruit smarter athletes. However his motive for that is most likely so recruits can enroll early and don’t count against scholarship reductions.

     1 1 
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    Stanford’s rate is 89 percent: Michigan is 71, Vanderbilt is 91, Notre Dame is 96. And there are plenty more good universities with much better grad rates than USC.

    Reg students graduate from SC at an 85 percent clip, while football players graduate at a rate of 58 percent, the 4th highest differential in college football. It’s not about SC being so tough- it’s about letting in substandard students in as athletes

  43. papabush88 says: Aug 12, 2012 1:44 AM

    @frank booth

    Forgive me but I don’t think Stanford is sending as many players to the NFL as USC is. Last year was an exception but since USC has sent the most players all time to the NFL draft, not many guys are finishing up school. Theyre leaving as juniors like Matt Kalil and Nick Perry. Not staying for graduation like Luck. Same with Vanderbilt and Michigan. Notre Dame, on the other hand, is an exceptional school and even though they aren’t winning games like they used to, they are still sending good players to the NFL. But again, some stay to graduate like Manti Teo

  44. frank booth says: Aug 12, 2012 10:17 PM

    Papabush88-

    The rate doesn’t include outgoing transfers and other departures (such as the NFL draft) as long as they were in good academic standing when they left.

    You need to stop pretending and digging for excuses. USC falls short in basketball as well (2nd worst in the PAC-12), and their success rate in graduation rates for African-Americans in football is among the worst also.

    USC churns and burns athletes, like many other college sports factories do.

  45. papabush88 says: Aug 13, 2012 12:58 AM

    @ frank booth

    Saying USC sends the most players to the draft is not and excuse; it’s a fact. And most first rounders. And most pro bowlers.

    Yes, basketball team is bad. But college basketball lost its luster. All good players are one and done. Competition isn’t great anymore. And it makes NBA bad too because, in my opinion, one year of college ball is not enough to get you ready for the pros

  46. frank booth says: Aug 13, 2012 1:50 AM

    Even when you compensate for the players that USC sends via the draft to the pros, the graduation rate is still low as compared to other schools. That’s just a fact.

  47. papabush88 says: Aug 13, 2012 12:40 PM

    @frank booth

    True. Hopefully, that can change. USC has made huge strides in the last 20 years academically. We used to be a joke academically not too long ago, at least in comparison to crosstown rival UCLA (a very good school). But now USC is ranked better than UCLA academically. Not a knock at all on UCLA. It’s a top knotch school.

    Troy Polamalu never graduated when he left USC. However, he used the recent NFL lockout to go back and get his degree. Very wise to use that time constructively. I also don’t think graduation rate is a big deal. Graduating from college doesn’t instantly make you smarter. My wife hasn’t yet graduated and is really brilliant. In fact, for me, getting into USC 100 times harder than graduating from USC.

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