Thursday he was being taken off Twitter. Friday he was being booted from Les Miles’ team altogether. Then word came Monday via ESPN’s Joe Schad that Tyrann Mathieu wanted to stay in school and return to LSU’s football team in 2013.
So where do we stand today? That depends on who you talk to.
According to Jim Kleinpeter of (what’s left of) The New Orleans Times-Picayune, a source close to Mathieu revealed last night that a return to the Tigers “wouldn’t be happening,” that multiple failed drug tests were the reason, and that a transfer to an FCS school was always in the plans. Kleinpeter states that Mathieu will announce his new football home tomorrow.
Yesterday afternoon, Glenn Guilbeau of The Shreveport Times said that LSU’s senior associate athletic director for NCAA compliance told him that Mathieu is: “permanently ineligible to play football at LSU. That’s definite. That’s what was said Friday.”
So he’s dunzo in Baton Rouge then. Well, not according to a tweet put out by Herb Vincent, the associate vice chancellor and senior associate AD at LSU. He tweeted after Guilbeau’s report:
Guilbeau’s source — Chris Bahnsen — said he’d been quoted out of context. Guilbeau didn’t like that and he took to Twitter his own self:
Meanwhile, the top story at TigerBait.com — the Rivals site covering LSU — states today that Mathieu can return:
“According to LSU officials, Mathieu can enroll as a student when classes begin next week. School officials would not comment on the possibility of Mathieu rejoining the football program. LSU Director of Athletics Joe Alleva said last Friday that Mathieu has lost his scholarship.”
You’ve heard of a non-denial denial? Well, this appears to be a non-dismissal dismissal.
Unless, of course, you believe Kleinpeter’s source who says Mathieu is bound for an FCS school. Or maybe you believe The Baton Rouge Advocate’s Randy Rosetta who also went to Twitter to state that Mathieu has asked LSU officials to only allow McNeese State and Nicholls State to contact/chase him.
If that’s the case, it sure sounds like Mathieu is headed to the FCS level. And that he knows it. Whether all LSU officials are in agreement over that fact or not.
But stay tuned. This is a program driven by a coach known as the Mad Hatter. There could be a few more twists and turns before the Honey Badger saga comes to a close.