LSU Confirms Tyrann Mathieu Permanently Ineligible & Will Never Return To Team
Tyrann Mathieu cannot return to the LSU football team at any time, LSU senior associate athletics director for NCAA compliance Bo Bahnsen reiterated. He’s permanently ineligible to play football at LSU,” Bahnsen said. “That’s definite. That’s what was said Friday.”LSU football coach Les Miles said that Friday when he announced the dismissal of Mathieu, a junior from New Orleans who was a Heisman Trophy finalist last season.
A source with knowledge about the situation has said the dismissal was for repeated positive drug tests revealing marijuana over the last year. Miles and other LSU officials cannot say the exact reason Mathieu was kicked off the team because of student-athlete privacy laws.
Asked Friday if the expulsion from the team was permanent, Miles said, “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.”
LSU’s substance abuse policy contains the words Bahnsen used, “permanently ineligible,” on page nine under “third violation” of a drug test. It says, “If institutional drug testing reveals the existence of drugs at any time, permanent ineligibility to participate at LSU will result.”
Bahnsen also said that Mathieu was not kicked out of school and he could still attend class there and graduate but he would have to pay his own way and that’s all.