In a shocking announcement on Friday, LSU coach Les Miles told the world that defensive back Tyrann Mathieu was no longer a member of the football team. Now comes word that Mathieu would like to return to the team in 2013 if at all possible.
While there has been plenty of talk about Mathieu transferring -- he met with McNeese State on Friday and may visit Jackson State -- ESPN's Joe Schad is reporting that Mathieu would like another shot at LSU.
According to ESPN, Mathieu would like to remain in class at LSU in 2012 while paying his own way in hopes of returning in 2013 if it can be worked out with the school. The ESPN report says the idea would have to be approved at many levels and that "it is being discussed."
Though what that would accomplish, I'm not sure.
As LSU beat reporter Glenn Guilbeau pointed out in a tweet on Monday:
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
"Permanent ineligibility" and "permanently" sound pretty permanent to me.
While LSU never officially gave the reason for Mathieu's dismissal from the team, it's been reported that his dismissal was the result of another failed drug test.
So while Mathieu might like to return to LSU -- and who wouldn't? -- it doesn't sound like it's in the cards.
Which likely explains why The Times Picayune is reporting that a source close to Mathieu disputes the original ESPN report.