Tyrann Mathieu dismissed: NCAA's culture change can start now
August 11, 2012INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
The latest dispatch from the front lines of college football’s culture change is not good.
Tyrann Mathieu was kicked off the LSU football team on Friday, and less than 24 hours later, evidence had surfaced that he had found a new home. A tweet from a former teammate claiming that the infamous “Honey Badger” was enrolling at McNeese State, down on the FCS level, and then a photo of Mathieu on McNeese’s campus.
That’s a pretty good deal if you can get it—you can get in big trouble at one school, in this case allegedly because of repeated drug-policy violations, and step right in at another school the next day. It’s probably easier to get a deal like that if you play football, though—especially if you play well enough to finish in the top-five of the Heisman voting.
It’s impossible to say that any other LSU student would be embraced by another university under the same circumstances. Maybe concessions are made for superlative engineering students, or outstanding drama students or writing prodigies, and the entire nation isn’t aware of it as soon as they’re made.