When the news broke that Tyrann Mathieu was dismissed from the LSU football team on Friday because of a third failed drug test, I sat there, lurking over Twitter, looking for any morsel of news that hadn’t been reported yet. While doing this menial task, I thought about how exciting he was to watch. Sure, he was probably the second best defensive back on his team, and he was a bit arrogant, but damn he was fun to watch.
Then I laughed at some of the immediate aftermath of the whole thing. Look, this is going to be a bigger loss than some are thinking. Mathieu was the leading tackler on his team, was second on his team in interceptions, and was second on his team in passes defensed. However, what this loss isn’t going to do is knock LSU out of the national championship game picture. While Mathieu was a very talented player, at a school like LSU, they’ve already got the next in line. That next in line is 6’2″ Jalen Collins, a redshirt freshman who his LSU teammates describe as already being the most athletic player on LSU’s team, which really does say something.
Now, Mathieu is obviously limited as to where he can transfer. Despite early chatter that he may be ruled ineligible by the NCAA if he failed his third drug test, LSU has released him as eligible, so he may transfer to any FCS, D2, or D3 school without having to sit out a year. The early favorite was McNeese State, whom Mathieu met with on Friday. Mathieu’s friends also say that HBCU schools Jackson State and Prairie View A&M are also in competition for the Honey Badger’s services.
So, with that done, here’s some other opinions I have.
– Penn State fans have to be in denial. Look, I know message boards are not a true representation of a fanbase, but man, after browsing Blue-White Illustrated’s boards for a few days, I’m honestly a little scared about the state of mind that so permeates the fanbase these days. While it isn’t what I’d call evil in any sense, it reeks of serious denial. Look, I love college football, but if my favorite school was found covering up the rape of children, I don’t think I could ever root for it ever again.
– The Auburn situation is going to turn into nothing. For those who aren’t in the loop, a guidance counselor admitted to creating a fake transcript for Jovon Robinson, a 6’1″, 227 pound running back from Memphis, Tennessee. While you could say that, “where there’s smoke, there’s fire,” and that might hold true, I don’t see it turning into anything. Maybe Auburn will be tagged with a secondary and move on.
– And finally, Virginia Tech’s new lids look like something Foghorn Leghorn would design.