The talented but troubled junior — nicknamed the Honey Badger — was booted off the team’s roster last week and according to an ESPN report, he is expected to make a decision on his transfer destination Wednesday.
Mathieu, who finished fifth in last year’s Heisman Trophy voting and earned the Bednarik Award as the national defensive player of the year, has two years of eligibility remaining, and has been rumored to be considering Football Championship Subdivision schools, including McNeese State.
LSU coach Les Miles did not specify the reason for Mathieu’s dismissal, but the 5-foot-9, 175-pound defensive back has faced discipline before. Last season he was suspended one game for failing a drug test and ESPN cited sources who say Mathieu repeatedly violated the team’s substance abuse policy.
“We have a simple policy here of behavior,” Miles said late last week. “Consequences are pretty spelled out and defined. We did what we could do, but Tyrann is no longer on our team. He violated team policies.
“For Ty, it’s an opportunity for him to redirect. He’s still got a bright future. I think he can really accomplish all the goals he set for himself. It’s not going to be easy, but it’s going to be doable.”
Jim Kleinpeter of Nola.com cited sources who disputed ESPN’s report that Mathieu was considering remaining at LSU to continue his education this year with the hope that he could return to the team in 2013. Kleinpeter also said Mathieu’s decision is expected Wednesday.
Miles did not speculate on the possibility of Mathieu returning to the team in a post-practice media briefing Tuesday, telling Nola.com: “I am certainly rooting for Ty and whatever his future is, but I’m not focused on that.... This is a key time in his life. I hope the decisions he makes are in his best interests for the long term. We’ll help any way we can.”