Lake Charles, LA (Sports Network) - All-America cornerback Tyrann Mathieu
visited McNeese State on Friday hours after being dimissed from the LSU
McNeese State coach Matt Viator announced in a statement released by the
Southland Confence school Saturday that he met with Mathieu on Friday. He said
Mathieu had been given permission by LSU.
McNeese State is located about 200 miles from Mathieu's hometown of New
"I received a call from Tyrann after practice on Friday that he wanted to come
and meet with us," Viator said. "We contacted LSU to get permission to talk
to him and he arrived on campus later that night. We visited for an hour-and-
a-half and then he went back home to New Orleans."
The statement added McNeese State did not have knowledge of any decision by
LSU revoked the 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist's scholarship for violation of
Mathieu, 20, has two seasons of eligibility remaining and is considered a high
NFL Draft prospect for 2013 as a junior-eligible player.
Under NCAA rules, Mathieu would have to sit out this season if he transfers to
another FBS program. However, he can transfer to an FCS school like McNeese
State and be eligible to play immediately.
Nicknamed the "Honey Badger," Mathieu totaled 133 tackles, forced a school-
record 11 fumbles and registered four interceptions in 26 career games at LSU.
He added four touchdowns, two on punt returns and two on fumble returns.
Last season, Mathieu won the Chuck Bednarik Award as the nation's top
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