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Honey Badger visits McNeese State

File photo of Tyrann Mathieu in Baton Rouge

In the hours after Tyrann Mathieu‘s stunning dismissal from LSU, one of his former teammates tweeted that the All-American cornerback had already moved on to McNeese State.

While such a move has yet to happen, it’s certainly a very real possibility.

In a statement released by the head football coach at the FCS program, it was confirmed that Mathieu visited the Louisiana school the very same day he was given the boot by the Tigers.

“I received a call from Tyrann after practice on Friday that he wanted to come and meet with us,” Cowboys head coach Matt Viator said in the statement. “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.”

LSU head coach Les Miles acknowledged he is aware of his former player’s interest in McNeese State, “but not in any direct way by nature of the fact that he is no longer on our team.”  Miles added that he’ll “follow it very closely, and if needed, maybe offer an opinion.”

No reason other than a violation of team policy has yet to be given for the dismissal, although reports subsequently surfaced that the defensive back nicknamed “Honey Badger” had repeatedly violated the school’s substance abuse policy for athletes.

If Mathieu transfers down to the FCS level or lower, he will apparently be eligible to play immediately in 2012.

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17 Responses to “Honey Badger visits McNeese State”
  1. woebegong says: Aug 12, 2012 11:20 AM

    I think the Honey Badger, might have mixed up a batch of bad honey.
    It is amazing to me, how the lower division colleges jump at a chance to grab up a guy dismissed from a Div. 1 school. Do their coaches suddenly feel that they are going to be able to correct a players bad habits and attitudes, when a big name coach couldn’t do it.
    I wonder if getting kicked off a team, really has much of an effect on a kids potential draft in the NFL. All the talent in the world doesn’t make you a responsible person.

  2. alligatorsnapper says: Aug 12, 2012 11:30 AM

    Local sources say he met with Coach Viator and that Coach asked him very pointed questions and is in communication with his previous coaches. Apparently, Coach Viator was willing to accept Tyrann if a monitor situation was in place.

    New Orleans media outlets are reporting that Tyrann is also considering:

    Bethune-Cookman … McNeese State, Nicholls State, Southeastern Louisiana, and Grambling State …

    Season tickets will likely skyrocket in sales at the college to which Tyrann transfers. If it is in Lake Charles, I know of many who will quickly buy season tickets. I understand the same is true in Thibodaux (Nicholls State) and other towns.

  3. tubaplayingprof says: Aug 12, 2012 11:36 AM

    @ woebegong

    “It is amazing to me, how the lower division colleges jump at a chance to grab up a guy dismissed from a Div. 1 school. Do their coaches suddenly feel that they are going to be able to correct a players bad habits and attitudes, when a big name coach couldn’t do it.”

    My guesses: selling tickets and the revenue that those tickets produce. Those are more important for a McNeese than a for a SEC school. More people in the seats might impress that recruit who’s considering the school too.

    Quick and short-lasting attention too perhaps. When the last time you considered the football team at McNeese? (No, disrespect here for the Cowboys!) I can imagine also coaches telling recruits: “we had scouts from nearly every NFL team visit last year….”

  4. roundup5 says: Aug 12, 2012 11:57 AM

    Confidential sources tell me that he has “promised” not
    to violate McNeese States substance abuse policy. My
    source also told me that McNeese doesn’t have an abuse
    policy for athletes

  5. mrtreyseven says: Aug 12, 2012 12:04 PM

    @woebegong

    Do you realize that moving down divisions in football is not all it was cracked to be. Wn an athlete goes to a big time program such as LSU them kids are treated on a pedalstool, people other students waitin on them hand and feet. Not to mention all the access to things big colleges have. These guys move to these programs with the mindset they have to prove people wrong cause he went from a potential 1st rounder to now a 2nd or beyond and that’s a matter of millions he lost. Give a guy the benefit that he is going to change on his own instead of the coach supposedly changing him

  6. thegonz13 says: Aug 12, 2012 12:11 PM

    This piece of work isn’t gone from LSU for two hours and he’s already pimping himself to another school? And who would be dumb enough to take him in knowing he’s there for a one-year stopover?

  7. t16rich says: Aug 12, 2012 12:24 PM

    He had fake weed I think. Which is way worse for you than real marijuana. I’m not joking, this stuff exists.

  8. manchestermiracle says: Aug 12, 2012 12:28 PM

    Must be a pretty slow news day if this is the main headline.

  9. cometkazie says: Aug 12, 2012 3:09 PM

    tubaplayingprof: McNeese has had a very good football program for some time, usually making the playoffs. Most of the players are La. kids or East Texas so he would be playing with and against kids he’s known from high school.

    Southern isn’t on the horizon probably cuz he wants to get out of Baton Rouge.

  10. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Aug 12, 2012 6:56 PM

    @thegonz13…
    You’re an idiot and just a pure, and simple hater!! People love Tyranne, not LOVED, we still love him. And if you have met him, you too would love the kid and hope nothing but the best for him.
    The coaches personally have their hands on this and see the Tyranne is at somewhere that he can grow and help him in his future.. I’ve seen Les Miles let some high potential and talented, more so than Honey Badger, go but I have never seen him this conflicted about it ever!!! Miles and the Coaches love Honey Badger!!

  11. normtide says: Aug 12, 2012 7:42 PM

    Do any of you have children? If they make a mistake, do you want them to have a chance for redemption? He will carry the price of his mistakes, as we all do. Mistakes are a good thing if it teaches you a lesson. Maybe hope he does learn instead of wishing the worst. He is the one most effected.

  12. tigersgeaux says: Aug 12, 2012 8:09 PM

    normtide:

    Good post and reasoning. I think many posters may be adolescents, without children. Even the prodigal son was received back after squandering his life and resources.

    Tyrann’s father is in prison with a commuted life sentence, his mother did not want him and discarded him. His grandparents took him in to keep the young and small child from being homeless. His grandmother died when he was 5. He was then taken in by an uncle and aunt. He grew up on the hard streets of New Orleans. That is not given to excuse his bad choices, but to explain the atmosphere in which they were made.

  13. Deb says: Aug 12, 2012 10:18 PM

    thegonz13 says:

    This piece of work isn’t gone from LSU for two hours and he’s already pimping himself to another school? And who would be dumb enough to take him in knowing he’s there for a one-year stopover?
    ————————————————-

    Are you kidding? The young man has made some mistakes and paid a terrible price for them, but he didn’t go out and stab a bunch of people. He failed a drug test. Now his life goes on. What do you want him to do? Crawl in a hole, forget trying to get an education, trying to play football, trying to redeem himself?

  14. diamondmo33 says: Aug 12, 2012 10:32 PM

    Jackass.

  15. toochilled says: Aug 13, 2012 11:54 AM

    Who wouldn’t want this guy? He made a mistake. Ok, see if he can learn and grow from this. If he doesn’t, then pan him, until then, relax.

  16. rcali says: Aug 14, 2012 4:00 PM

    Can McNeese State afford two eye black patches for this poor kid?

  17. thegonz13 says: Aug 17, 2012 6:48 AM

    @thecrazyasian et al.: OK, Mathieu failed at least three drug tests and I’M the idiot. Glad we cleared that up…

    Here’s the thing. He didn’t make A mistake, he made the same mistake repeatedly and failed to learn from it. This kid is blessed with athletic ability that neither you nor I have and he threw it away just to get high.

    If given the chance to play at one of the country’s top football programs, I’m pretty sure we’d all keep our asses on the straight and narrow and he couldn’t even do that.

    Still, I’m an idiot… what does that make you?

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