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Updated: Honey Badger enrolls at LSU

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Updated 9/4 @ 5:43 p.m. ET: Les Miles confirmed to media on Tuesday that cornerback Tyrann Mathieu had enrolled at LSU. Mathieu himself also confirmed the news to LSU’s student paper, The Daily Reveille, that he was back in class.

I’m just focusing on academics right now and really myself,” Mathieu said. “I’m not worried too much about football.

“It feels great [to be back].”

I think he’s making some quality decisions for himself,” Miles said. “My focus is about my team and preparing game week. … We certainly wish (Mathieu) the very best.”


The saga that is Tyrann Mathieu will reportedly take its next twist Tuesday.  And, as has been speculated, it’ll lead him back to the LSU campus.

Whether that will ultimately lead him back to the LSU football program very much remains to be seen.

WVUE-TV first reported that Mathieu will enroll at LSU Tuesday, nearly four weeks after he was dismissed from the Tigers for what turned out to be multiple violations of the school’s substance abuse policy for athletes.  Mathieu’s father subsequently confirmed to‘s Joe Schad that his adoptive son will indeed be enrolling at LSU.

The impact Hurricane Isaac had on the Gulf Coast played a role in Mathieu being able to enroll even as the calendar had flipped to September.

The deadline for enrolling at LSU for fall semester was supposed to have been last Wednesday, but the university was closed for three days due to Hurricane Isaac and the deadline was pushed back to this Wednesday.

Mathieu will not be eligible to play football for the Tigers in 2012 — and won’t play anywhere else, either — although LSU’s policy would allow for reinstatement after one year, giving the corner the opportunity to play for the Tigers in 2013.  Whether Mathieu would seek reinstatement, or if the program would be open to such a consideration, is unclear.

Mathieu would also be eligible for early entry to the NFL draft in April of next year as he would be three years removed from high school.

Following his dismissal, the 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist entered a substance abuse program in Houston.  He has reportedly completed two of the three stages involved in the program; the third stage will be completed while he’s a student.

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36 Responses to “Updated: Honey Badger enrolls at LSU”
  1. tigersgeaux says: Sep 3, 2012 8:37 PM

    Tyrann is rumored to enroll as a non-scholarship, regular student on Tuesday? I doubt his uncle(dad) will even have electrical power restored in his area of New Orleans by that time.

    I am glad to hear that Tyrann has successfully completed 2 stages of John Lucas’ drug rehab program. I hope he will continue with it.

    There seems to be no interest at this time in the LSU football department for Tyrann to rejoin the team at any time in the future.

    I do wish Tyrann well in his matriculation at LSU and in preparing for his future.

  2. cometkazie says: Sep 3, 2012 8:42 PM

    The Advocate just put out a blurb on it

  3. eugenesaxe says: Sep 3, 2012 8:56 PM

    Does this kid actually like having such a fruity nickname?

  4. Walk says: Sep 3, 2012 8:57 PM

    This alabama fan hopes Tyrann Mathieu recovers and learns from this experience and is able to play football again. He is a gifted athlete i truly hope he does well at lsu and with the rest of his life. I am a big believer in giving people another chance and if he continues with his education at lsu it will go along way to help him recover even if he does not play college ball again.

  5. 2fleas says: Sep 3, 2012 9:42 PM

    Aren’t the academic standards higher for regular students? Good luck keeping up your gpa honey badger.

  6. papichulo55 says: Sep 3, 2012 10:32 PM

    Glad to see the young man getting his life in order. Hope he makes it all the way back, into the NFL, so he can give a much needed testimony. Actually, it will be a good story of redemption by just graduating. We are losing way too many of our youth to drugs and violence. Good Luck, young man!

  7. pdcooper08 says: Sep 3, 2012 11:20 PM

    It’s nice to see an adult roll model such as the step father helping in the direction and guidance of this young man.

    Regardless to whether Tyrann every plays college ball again, the fact he has enrolled in drug rehab and is headed back to the school, should be viewed as a positive move in his life.

    Good luck to you Tyrann, keep your head up and do the right thing. Hopefully you will find yourself back on your team next season.

  8. goodfieldnohit says: Sep 3, 2012 11:44 PM

    I’d like to see what his course load is. Do your homework, John Taylor.

  9. suprmous says: Sep 4, 2012 12:39 AM

    This sounds like good news to me. If indeed he can return to the football program as well prayers have been answered. Many of us know Tyrann’s not a bad guy, just got mixed up with the wrong crowd and had a hellva time growin up but found redemption with LSU, the coaches, players, and his many fans. This ole lady’s happy for him if it works out in a positive way for him. Should he only be able to stay in school then I’ll still be happy. I just know how much he loves the game and how he’s blessed with God given talent for the game.

    Hang in there my bud, you can lick the set backs and come out stronger.

  10. suprmous says: Sep 4, 2012 12:47 AM

    Walk, I had 3 brothers to play for the Tide and I must confess they all have the same thinkin as you. Thanks for bein another of the few Bama fans who’ve been generous and nice with your remarks. We can only hope things have been nipped and done away with as well as improved on with Tyrann. And to hear a Bama fan say somethin positive about is talent’s music to my ears cause not too many will. I’ve heard so much criticism till it’s hurt me as a fellow human bein, just seems like some aren’t willin to give him the benifit of the doubt because of where he comes from and where he’d played earlier. And that’s a shame. But God bless him he’s comin out of this a better person and with more determination to do better.

  11. monsterright says: Sep 4, 2012 6:19 AM

    Great decision. Hopefully the beginning of a trend for the kid. He’ll be back and a better man for facing this issue.

  12. cometkazie says: Sep 4, 2012 8:23 AM

    The mostly positive remarks here are impressive.

    Thanks guys and gals.

  13. drexelvol says: Sep 4, 2012 8:32 AM

    Does he realize he has to take classes when he enrolls?

  14. mauldawg says: Sep 4, 2012 8:52 AM

    Wont be long before we read about HB getting in trouble with the law again.He will never stay out of trouble.Now that he is not playing football he wil have to go to class and pass them on his own.Unless he still gets treated as a football player and is given his grades.Hard for me to belive that someone that has run ends with the law will study and suddenly become a good student.By the end of the football season we will be reading about another arrest.

  15. mydixienormus says: Sep 4, 2012 9:02 AM

    This is increadibly fitting for the Honey Badger. Hope he stays away from the Chris Tucker’s of LSU.

    Go Huskies biiiiiiiaches. 24 point underdogs this weekend. Ouch.

  16. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 4, 2012 9:07 AM

    Tyrann has an even better support structure in place at this time.

    He has a great opportunity to make it through clean and be ready for whatever future is ahead of him.

  17. packerbadger says: Sep 4, 2012 10:23 AM

    I wonder if he’ll be able to take Football 101, or Napping 101, or Jogging 101, or Bacci Ball 101 with his former fellow team mates? No wonder they have a “relatively” higher graduation rate in the Slightly Educated Conference.

  18. thegonz13 says: Sep 4, 2012 6:06 PM

    That was a short rehab stint…

  19. 35longmiles says: Sep 4, 2012 6:19 PM

    All of his moves to this point have been PR. Guaranteed he’ll be back on the team before the season ends. And if you think he will never hit a blunt again you’re a god damn gullible idiot. Support system…blah blah blah…(just threw up in my mouth a little bit)

  20. wabbitslayer says: Sep 4, 2012 6:33 PM

    Student attends school.
    Student plays on school’s football team.
    Student is kicked off football team.
    Student continues to go to the school.

    This is absolutely ridiculous, and a prime example of what is wrong with this country. I demand a congressional investigation!!!

  21. goodellsadouche says: Sep 4, 2012 7:58 PM

    This is ALL Obama’s fault!!

  22. pdcooper08 says: Sep 5, 2012 1:33 AM

    Is that what this is all about, whether or not he will every hit a blunt again? Pretty sure he will hit one again sometime in his life. By the way, when you smoked it back in the day, did the throw away the key on you? They didn’t with me. I think it’s a lot more about growing up then it is about if he smokes bud again.

    Would you have rather seen Tyrann just dropped a level down while he stuck his finger up at everyone and went ahead and played this year. The fact that their is an adult roll model stepping in and seeing to it he doesn’t take the easy way out, is nice to see.

    As well going to Houston to work with someone who has been around the block and perhaps listening for once in his life while sitting the year out. I give Tyrann credit for that.

    He has a long tough battle in front of him and he might just fail again. If he does, to bad for him. But if he does happen to jump through all the hoops and works his way back in the good graces of his coach, I’m sure he will have earned that.

    As well, he if ever plays at LSU again, I’m sure he will be expected to pass weekly drug test.

    Nothing like living in American where we do give second chances and we do forgive people for making mistakes. He’s still a young man, let’s give him the chance of actually earn something for once in his life. If he can do it, he should be a better man for it.

  23. cometkazie says: Sep 5, 2012 8:30 AM

    Anyone else notice how this thread went south once the Yahoos started piling on?

  24. packerbadger says: Sep 5, 2012 9:26 AM

    If an SEC player doesn’t make the pro’s, they are often heard saying: “Want fries with that?” Maybe Mr. Honey Badger will be taking burger flipping 101 and french frying 201….the advanced french fry class.

  25. packerbadger says: Sep 5, 2012 9:39 AM

    Look, seriously, this idiot KNEW/KNOWS that if he keeps his stupid azz out of trouble, he’ll be worth MILLIONS in a yr or two. If you’re really too stupid to do that, well, I can’t help you. You can’t put a bigger carrot out in front of someone with that short of a time frame to get to financial bliss for the rest of your life. Plus, whatever city he would land in, he would have the keys to that city. It doesn’t get any better. What part about that don’t you get?! Idiot.

  26. foreverlsu says: Sep 5, 2012 9:59 AM


    It looks as if your desperate attempt to get attention is falling on deaf ears, huh, Internet tough guy? Tyrann Mathieu didn’t hurt anyone but himself and you can call him an idiot all you want but he’ll make more money in three years than you will in your entire miserable life.

    Make sure you sweep up your own porch before you come trashing others.

  27. foreverlsu says: Sep 5, 2012 10:04 AM


    good luck with that breathalyzer test next game

  28. packerbadger says: Sep 5, 2012 10:54 AM

    HAHAHAHA @ forever! I own yer azz! You best be cleaning up after Isaac just trashed yer crap state. Mr. “Badger” cost himself millions because he’s an idiot. Oh, I do quite well tyvm with my University of Wisconsin education.

  29. materialman80 says: Sep 5, 2012 11:18 AM

    Hopefully the young man can turn things around.

  30. drozman says: Sep 5, 2012 11:23 AM

    wabbitslayer says: Sep 4, 2012 6:33 PM

    Student attends school.
    Student plays on school’s football team.
    Student is kicked off football team.
    Student continues to go to the school.

    This is absolutely ridiculous, and a prime example of what is wrong with this country. I demand a congressional investigation!!!

    I hope this is sarcasm, but if not…why can’t he attend school? He isn’t on a scholarship, he wasn’t kicked out of school, if he is still academically eligible why can he not attend LSU? If he had gotten kicked out of school, but stayed on the football team we’d have a problem.

  31. foreverlsu says: Sep 5, 2012 11:27 AM

    You own me? Who exactly do you think you are?

    You’ve just shown your true colors reveling over the misfortunes of those that experienced a natural disaster. Oh, I’m fine but there are many suffering and I can only pray that God has mercy on your sick sole.

  32. packerbadger says: Sep 5, 2012 11:56 AM

    SEC conference dead last in academics…..go figure.

    Instead of praying to god, go have a bowel movement; it will have the same effect and you will feel better. God sent the hurricane in the first place, take it up with him.

  33. mogogo1 says: Sep 5, 2012 3:08 PM

    I wish the kid the best. I think it’s a good sign he’s back at LSU and not transferring to the first place that called offering a scholarship. That said, this seems to have been an amazingly short rehab. He completed 2 of the 3 rehab steps in under a month?

  34. suprmous says: Sep 6, 2012 12:41 AM

    packerbadger, I sense some issues with you and to be honest you should get some help with em before they consume you and destroy what l’il bit of sanity you may have. I dare say you know anything about the way Tyrann was raised and what kind of livin hell it was. To come thru what he did he’s lucky to be alive. Something tells me you had 2 parents, their support, and their help getting thru high school if not their help thru college. For you see Tyrann didn’t have any of the above until he got to LSU and most recently. Your attempt to tear him apart will be futile. Those of us who know his story tend to care about him and have our prayers. He certainly doesn’t need the likes of you and your attitude. Hell nobody needs the likes of you and your attitude but those like yourself. Maybe just maybe when all’s said and done you may be the one to work for him someday.

  35. packerbadger says: Sep 6, 2012 8:12 AM

    Pfffftttt….. yeah, cry me a river. This guy already had one big warning. He’s an adult and in a division one college. Maybe you guys can go hold his hand and wipe his azz for him too. He had an opportunity that virtually no one has and he cost himself millions. He was probably looking at an eight figure salary….not anymore. He’s gotten a FULL SCHOLARSHIP, unlike most of the students that go to LSU; and they actually go to school and don’t get in trouble. He’s had meetings after meetings about how NOT get in trouble. I know how this stuff works, I was Division I athlete myself. We had team meetings, counselors brought in, etc, etc etc. Maybe instead of prayers, he needs a good kick in the azz. If wimps like you keep holding his hand, he’ll never progress. So, cry me one big river and tell me how a very privledged athlete has it so hard. Obviously, his coach’s feel the same way. You guys talk about him as if he’s a relative of yours. When was the last time you guys all hung out?

  36. cometkazie says: Sep 6, 2012 9:14 AM

    suprmous says:
    Sep 6, 2012 12:41 AM
    packerbadger, I sense some issues with you and to be honest you should get some help with em before they consume you and destroy what l’il bit of sanity you may have. I dare say you know anything about the way Tyrann was raised and what kind of livin hell it was.

    [balance snipped for brevity]
    All very well put.

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