A report from ESPN.com’s Joe Schad says the Honey Badger is considering sitting out this season and making a return next year in 2013, if the school can work it out.
He was recently suspended from the team for the season for apparently failing multiple drug tests.
Mathieu visited McNeese State and even expressed interest in getting out of Baton Rouge recently, but he may be reconsidering his options.
The people closest to Mathieu said he is interested in working on his character and maturity this year, and hopefully continuing his education at LSU. He obviously wants to play in 2013.
He has also expressed that he would pay his own way to LSU this season, knowing he doesn’t have an athletic scholarship.
Some said Mathieu was transferring to McNeese State, but that has apparently been put on hold. Jackson State and Prairie View A&M are not an option at this time, either.
This is an impressive move by Mathieu and actually shows maturity on his part. He’s more interested in staying in school and in personal growth than his immediate draft status, which he’s expressed is not important to him at this time.
He has been described as grieving since his dismissal, and I have a feeling he would really like to make this up to his teammates and the LSU fan base.
But as others report he’ll likely still be ineligible because of LSU’s substance abuse policy.
Under heading “3rd Violations,” LSU’s substance abuse policy says, “…permanent ineligibility to participate at LSU will result.”
— Dandy Don LSU Sports (@dandydonlsu) August 13, 2012
MATHIEU UPDATE:LSU substance abuse policy says”permanent ineligibility,” concerning Badger. Miles said Friday, he’s off team “permanently.”
— Glenn Guilbeau (@LSUBeatTweet) August 13, 2012
A source close to Mathieu disputes ESPN’s report about the Honey Badger wanting to return to LSU. The source said remaining in Baton Rouge “wouldn’t be happening” and McNeese State is the only option at this time.
In addition, the ShreveportTimes is reporting that Mathieu cannot return to the team at any time in the future according to LSU senior associate athletic director for NCAA compliance Bo Bahnsen. He can return to the school and take classes but cannot return to the team, ever.