LSU dismissed Heisman Trophy finalist Tyrann Mathieu from its football program for violating school and team rules. At a news conference Friday, coach Les Miles would not specify the reason Mathieu was kicked off the team. (Associated Press)
Last Modified: Saturday, August 11, 2012 9:53 PM
Heisman Trophy finalist and now former LSU Tiger Tyrann Mathieu has not contacted McNeese State, said Cowboys head coach Matt Viator.
Not yet, anyway.
Mathieu was kicked off LSU’s football team by coach Les Miles Friday for an undisclosed violation of team rules.
Mathieu is eligible to play right away for a Football Championship Subdivision program, and the Internet was abuzz with speculation McNeese will be that program after former LSU teammate Josh Jasper congratulated Mathieu via Twitter on enrolling at McNeese.
“@TM7_Era already transferred to McNeese! Staying in the boot!” Jasper’s tweet read, referring to Mathieu’s Twitter handle.
Viator shot down the former Tiger kicker’s claim, but did say he is open to meeting with Mathieu.
“If it ever happens, and he asks for the opportunity, we’ll sit down and visit,” Viator said. “We just know that he did leave. We have friends over there, but so does everybody else. Right now he’s looking. If we’re somewhere he’d like to visit, then we’ll sit down and do so.”
Viator said he needed more specifics on Mathieu’s departure before he makes any kind of decision.
“I don’t know really all the circumstances on what happened,” Viator said. “I’ll have to do research on that.”
The Cowboy coach doesn’t live under a rock, but was conducting two practices on Friday while the news was breaking in Baton Rouge.
He did speak in general terms about what he looks for in a FBS transfer, though.
“We’d like for someone coming over here to be able to contribute and be part of the team,” Viator said. “We like our football team. It would have to be somebody we thought could really make a difference and fit in with our guys.”
Mathieu proved capable of the “making a difference” part of that equation last season, becoming the first defensive player invited to New York for the Heisman ceremony since Charles Woodson in 1997 and winning the Bednarik Award as the nation’s best defnsive player.
As far as how the “Honey Badger” would fit in?
McNeese players were told not to comment to the media about Mathieu as he is not currently a McNeese student-athlete.
Posted By: R Morse On: 8/11/2012
Apparently, many have forgotten how Cecil Collins worked out at McNeese.....
Posted By: Chris W. On: 8/11/2012
Title: Mcneese is drooling right now
I like how Mcneese is trying to contain their obvious excitment, LOL!!......"If he is interested we'll sit down and visit" you mean more like, if he is interested we'll cut freaking cartwheels!! If Tyrann wants to play at Mcneese all he has to do is say it, I guess it's good that Mcneese is trying to have dignity in this, but come on it's the Honey Badger he'll show the defensive coaches a thing about defense. Thats knowledge they could use although he'd only be at Mcneese for one year. He might help others step their game up.
Of course he can contribute and if the guys don't hound him at practice for his autograph like they were star struck last year when they played LSU he will fit in fine. Come off it.....Mcneese would give away 20 scholarships to have Tyrann.
Posted By: nicholas richard On: 8/10/2012
Title: honey badger
Hey coach V, maybe McNeese should contact him, it would be a championship decision