The Honey Badger, who finished fifth in Heisman Trophy balloting last year, was kicked off the team by Coach Les Miles for violations of team and school rules. ESPN reported that he was dismissed from the team and suspended for the season because he failed substance-abuse tests. He was not dismissed by the university.
ESPN, citing unnamed sources, reported that reinstatement, which would require approval by LSU administrators and Miles, is being discussed.
Mathieu visited McNeese State over the weekend and could transfer there or to another Football Championship Subdivision school and be immediately eligible for the 2012 season. If he transfers to another Football Bowl Subdivision school, he would have to sit out the 2012 season.
However, Jim Kleinpeter of Nola.com cites sources who indicate that staying at LSU is not an option for Mathieu and that McNeese State, is “presently the only option for transfer.” Mathieu will decide by Wednesday whether to transfer, Kleinpeter reported.