In the immediate aftermath of Tyrann Mathieu’s dismissal from the LSU Tigers football team, there was some speculation that maybe he would try to stick around campus and then play in 2013.
Per NCAA rules, students who are not deemed permanently ineligible have the option of sitting out a year and then returning to their squads.
ESPN's Joe Schad spent some of yesterday trying to peddle the notion that Mathieu remaining a Tiger was somehow feasible, citing the policy noted above.
However, in a phone interview with USA Today, compliance officer Bo Bahnsen made it abundantly clear that Mathieu’s time as a member of the LSU football team is done.
"He's permanently ineligible to play football at LSU," Bahnsen said. "That's definite. That's what was said Friday."
He’s right. The team’s head football coach, Les Miles, didn’t leave much room for interpretation last week when he said this: "Yeah, he will not be back. Things are spelled out that we can do. I can only tell you that we extended ourselves personally and professionally. We've extended this to the full length of the policy."
So, with that in mind – what’s next for Honey Badger?
Well, here is what we know for certain: he will definitely announce his decision tomorrow. What specifically that decision will be, though, is debatable.
Up to this point he has only visited one school, but it remains to be seen what he has planned for Tuesday.
As of Monday, Mathieu had visited only McNeese State in Lake Charles. The visit was confirmed by that school Friday. Other media outlets have the former St. Augustine player also considering Nicholls State.
For what it’s worth, former LSU kicker Josh Jasper tweeted last week that his ex-teammate is headed to McNeese State. If I had to put money on it, that’s where I’d bet he’ll end up. Of course, I’m not putting money it – so take that for what you will.
We’ll officially find out what's what on Wednesday.