Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Does Mathieu have a football future at LSU?
By Chris Low
We now know that Tyrann Mathieu has enrolled at LSU for the fall semester, although he won't be eligible to play football for the Tigers during the 2012 season.
The unanswered question is: Will Mathieu ever play football again for the Tigers?
His family has wisely maintained that his focus is getting his life back together and then his academics.
But it's telling that LSU continues to be non-committal about the possibility of Mathieu playing football again at LSU in 2013. LSU coach Les Miles declined to speculate Tuesday about whether Mathieu has a football future with the Tigers, and that's been the school's official stance ever since the news broke that Mathieu was interested in returning to LSU following his dismissal from the team.
There's a lot that would still have to happen for Mathieu to play football again at LSU. But, clearly, that door has not been closed.
It's worth noting that he would be eligible to enter the NFL draft next April. But going an entire year and not playing football certainly isn't going to help his draft status.
This is more about Mathieu getting his personal life back in order and licking his drug problem once and for all. Sources told ESPN.com that his dismissal from the LSU team back in August came after repeated violations of LSU's drug-testing policy for athletes. He's been receiving treatment from former NBA basketball star John Lucas, who runs a wellness and aftercare program for people battling addiction.
That's what is front and center right now for Mathieu and not whether or not he'll ever put on the No. 7 again for the Tigers.