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Report: Mathieu wants to return to LSU after sitting out season

LSU Tigers head coach Les Miles speaks with cornerback Tyrann Mathieu after their team defeated the Georgia Bulldogs in the SEC Championship NCAA football game in Atlanta AP

In the words of Lee Corso, not so fast my friends.  Maybe.

Dismissed by LSU for violated unspecified team/school policies, All-American cornerback/punt returner Tyrann Mathieu was thought to be headed to the FCS level — McNeese State specifically — and play the 2012 season before (likely) becoming an early entrant in the 2013 NFL draft.

While that may still ultimately be the case, the Honey Badger is looking for forgiveness and another shot with his former school.

Citing unnamed sources, ESPN.com‘s Joe Schad is reporting that Mathieu has an interest in sitting out the 2012 season and returning to the Tigers football team in 2013.  Those close to the player said that Mathieu “is interested in working on his maturity and character.”

And it’s not just Mathieu, who sources described to Schad as “heartbroken” and “grieving” over the dismissal, who is thinking of a potential return.

As Schad writes, “[t]he possibility of future reinstatement would have to be approved at many levels, including university administration and head coach Les Miles.”  Discussions on at least a couple of those levels have already taken place.

It’s been speculated and reported on that Mathieu’s dismissal was the result of “repeated violations of LSU’s substance abuse policy for athletes.”  According to the school’s policy, a third failed drug test results in “a one-year suspension from all athletic related activities (team practices, weight room, team running, etc…)” and a “one-year suspension from competition.”

The policy goes on to state that “[r]einstatement after the one-year period is with the support of the ADAP [athletic department] treatment team and Athletic Director and at the request of the Head Coach, dependent upon negative drug screen.”

Additionally, and if Mathieu were to be reinstated, the policy reads that other conditions could be placed on the player’s return, including the “loss of scholarship, game suspension, etc.”  If a reinstated athlete were to be subsequently tested and the result “reveals the existence of drugs at any time, an automatic positive test will be issued and Permanent Ineligibility to participate at LSU will result.”

In other words, it would be one strike and he’s out at LSU.  Provided reinstatement is even a realistic possibility, of course.

“Yeah, [Mathieu] will not be back,” Miles said Friday when asked if the dismissal was permanent.

UPDATED 3:07 p.m. ET: A source close to Mathieu has disputed Schad’s report, telling the New Orleans Times-Picayune that a return to LSU “would not be happening.”  The source went on to tell the paper that Mathieu hopes to have a transfer decision made by Wednesday, and that, right now, McNeese State is the only viable option.

Mathieu visited the FCS school over the weekend.

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20 Responses to “Report: Mathieu wants to return to LSU after sitting out season”
  1. coolhorn says: Aug 13, 2012 12:45 PM

    “…and then, reality set in.”

  2. pacific123ocean says: Aug 13, 2012 12:47 PM

    Go play in Canada.

  3. alligatorsnapper says: Aug 13, 2012 12:52 PM

    It is well known that Miles and the coaching staff at LSU really like Tyrann. They all understand his very difficult upbringing. The decision by Coach Miles was one of the most difficult things he said he ever had to do as a coach at LSU. That being said, this all is worse than speculation. It has no substance to it.

    Hopefully, Tyrann is working on his maturity, decision making, and his sobriety. Hopefully, he will not return to the environment and friends who provide the atmosphere where this behavior is acceptable. All that can be done as Tyrann plays football and receives an education somewhere.

    I do not believe he will lay out a year and then try to return to LSU. I think that we will hear within a few more days or at the most week or so, the school to which Tyrann has transferred.

  4. gatordontplay says: Aug 13, 2012 12:52 PM

    It’s sad to see people get on message boards and talk about a young kid like y’all do.. He has no CRIMINAL counts just failed drug test.. Big ups to this guy for wanting to face his problems and suffer the suspension instead of taking the easy way out moving down a level and going pro a year latter

  5. stairwayto7 says: Aug 13, 2012 12:59 PM

    If LSU brings him back, they needs investigated for lack of institutional control!

  6. florida727 says: Aug 13, 2012 1:01 PM

    Probably several reasons he won’t be back, but the most telling is Miles’ Friday quote. BTW, “working on his maturity and character” is code for, “I do things my way, take it or leave it” (kind of too caught up in that whole ‘honey badger’ mentality thing if you ask me), and unfortunately for him, Miles called his bluff. Besides, McNeese State has had a number of NFLers (32 at last count); if he goes there, he has a pipeline to the next level.

    One correction, JT… not one-strike and out, this is “zero tolerance”, once he’d be reinstated any violation results in “Permanent Ineligibility”. That’s the real reason he won’t be going back.

  7. texasbornlsufan says: Aug 13, 2012 1:06 PM

    People have problems and if Tyrann can get his act together then he should be welcomed back with open arms. Some people on this site act like they are saints and don’t have anything in there closet.

    LOOK IN THE MIRROR BEFORE YOU PASS JUDGEMENT!!!!!!!!!!

  8. kdbroom says: Aug 13, 2012 1:45 PM

    Well, if he can sit out a year, and stay clean from here on out, I’d be okay with him coming back. LSU should give him a long list of things to accomplish during that year though. It can’t simply be a one-item list that says “Don’t smoke dope.”

  9. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Aug 13, 2012 1:58 PM

    @stairwayto7
    Look somebody’s transferring !!!
    This is not at PSU or their fans, but at you .., hahaaahahha bra ah hahaah !!!! O haha

  10. dannythebisforbeast says: Aug 13, 2012 2:48 PM

    A year with no football and nothing to do. He can smoke for 9 months then make his comeback.

  11. monsterright says: Aug 13, 2012 2:52 PM

    @gatordontplay says:
    Aug 13, 2012 12:52 PM
    It’s sad to see people get on message boards and talk about a young kid like y’all do.. He has no CRIMINAL counts just failed drug test.. ”

     Ummm. He probably didn’t fail a test for LEGAL drugs so yes he pretty much is a criminal.

    That said, I’m 100% behind him sitting a year and coming back. Paying the price and proving he learned from the experience will be the best thing for him and his draft status.

  12. cometkazie says: Aug 13, 2012 3:30 PM

    florida727 says:
    Aug 13, 2012 1:01 PM

    One correction, JT… not one-strike and out, this is “zero tolerance”, once he’d be reinstated any violation results in “Permanent Ineligibility”. That’s the real reason he won’t be going back.
    +-+-+
    I agree.

    Wouldn’t the three failed drug tests be at least three strikes?

    At least we aren’t saturated with Penn State news.

  13. suprmous says: Aug 13, 2012 3:52 PM

    gatorsnapper, thank you for saying what you did. Tyrann did indeed have it rough growin up and I wouldn’t wish the way he did on anybody. And to say that brings tears to this one’s eyes everytime she thinks bout it. He’s still that scared l’il boy hidin behind that shell hes got built around him but he realizes the mistakes hes made. I’d like to think my bud’s gettin the help he needs because a lot of those hes run with aren’t. Rather than judgin him we all should be prayin for him, well maybe those of us who’re proud enuff to call ourselves Christians. Coach Miles and the rest of the Staff are workin together to see that he’s ok and that says a lot. They don’t have to it but they care about Tyrann. If you were to ever meet him you couldn’t help but to like him. He’s not arrogant as some have made him out to be nor is he a flash in the pan either. He’s not perfect and neither is the rest of the human race. So before you go and point a finger at him or anybody else take a look at how many you’ve got comin back at your way.

  14. ferrell5 says: Aug 13, 2012 7:05 PM

    to all those that keep saying, “look in the mirror, or before you point the finger, blah blah blah” lets not forget that he made a mistake and should have to face the consequences. any one of us that would have gotten caught would have to do the same. so enough with all the self-righteous BS. we get it, but it doesnt excuse his actions. i do hope he bounces back from this, and maybe it will be a lesson learned. lastly, if he didnt have the constant tweets, or the pompous behavior, maybe there wouldnt be so many negative remarks about him.

  15. roundup5 says: Aug 13, 2012 7:39 PM

    suprmous: Keep making excuses for Tyrann, by bringing up
    his “rough” childhood. When given opportunities, you pull
    yourself up by your bootstraps. You know pot is against the
    school’s rules, but you keep doing it. That tells me he is a
    moron and doesn’t deserve another chance.

  16. Deb says: Aug 13, 2012 7:49 PM

    I posted the other day asking if Tyrann could return to LSU if he kept himself straight for a year at an FCS school. This article and comments here from those familiar with the LSU program indicate that’s virtually impossible. I’m very sorry to hear that. This is a tremendously talented young man who climbed up from extremely difficult life circumstances only to be tripped up by some of those demons.

    No one is making excuses for him. But he’s hurt only himself; he hasn’t victimized anyone else. I can’t think of anything more petty than people here taking pleasure in Mathieu’s troubles just because they’re bitter about their school–Penn State–being punished for the willful actions of a bunch of well-paid, well-educated, and highly priviledged cowards.

    I pray Mathieu can get himself together, become an FCS standout, and find his way into an NFL career.

  17. clemsonstillsucks says: Aug 13, 2012 9:36 PM

    It depends on what he thinks his draft potential would be. If he’s smart, he’ll go the FCS route then come back to division I level next year. If LSU won’t take him he should consider Sourh Carolina. With any luck Lattimore will have a good year this year and “the spotlight” will be on Carolina next year…which, if he puts the pipe down…he can get a piece of.

  18. therealgts says: Aug 13, 2012 11:23 PM

    He would still have to sit out a year to move back to D 1 and I don’t see that happening in any world

  19. onbucky96 says: Aug 14, 2012 8:00 AM

    Of course he’d like to stay @LSU. That’s were his dealer(s) are, allegedly. How hard would it be to walk onto another campus and find a new dealer(s)? Wake ‘n Bake(allegedly) Honey Badger…

  20. materialman80 says: Aug 14, 2012 2:38 PM

    He will not be coming back ever. It’s stunning that the young man did not have enough self discipline to put that stuff down. Huge blow right before the start of the season. Last year, Jefferson, now this.

    Not good.

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