‘Honey Badger,’ Tyrann Mathieu, Considering 3 New Schools


Kicked off No. 1 LSU for violating team rules, Tryann Mathieu has no shortage of suitors. Clearly, the dynamic “Honey Badger” is not interested in sitting out a season, as reports surfaced that he is considering McNeese State, Jackson State and Prairie View A&M.

As long as he does not transfer to a Division I-A school, Mathieu would be eligible to play this season.

Former LSU kicker Josh Jasper caused a stir when he tweeted that Mathieu had already transferred to McNeese State. Not so.

Mathieu did visit McNeese State on Friday night, Cowboys coach Matt Viator told GeauxNation.com. However, Mathieu left without a commitment.

“It’s very important for both of us and Tyrann to make the right decision and Tryann agreed,” Viator said. “It was a long day. We bother needed to back off a bit and make the best decision. Especially him. He needs to catch his breath and make sure he makes the right decision.”

Mathieu also is considering Jackson State and Prairie View A&M after ruling out Southern because he wants to leave Baton Rouge, La., The Times-Picayune reported.

“Prairie View A&M is honored to be mentioned in the running for a student-athlete of Mathieu’s caliber due to some connections our program and university has with him,” the school said in a statement. “As of this time, Mathieu has not met with head coach Heishma Northern in regards to joining our football program but we would be interested once we receive the proper clearance and paperwork needed to talk with him in-depth.”

Mathieu has two years of eligibility left and could transfer, but he would have to sit out this season if he went to another school in major college football. If he moved down a level, to FCS, he could play right away. Reports in Louisiana said Mathieu had failed a drug test, causing coach Les Miles to kick him off the team.

McNeese State plays in the Southland Conference, while Jackson State and Prairie View A&M play in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

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