After LSU head coach Les Miles dismissed Tyrann Mathieu from the football team Friday for violating team rules, ESPN revealed that the former Heisman finalist has narrowed down his transfer prospects to FCS schools McNeese State, Jackson State and Prairie View A&M. Although Mathieu has two years of college eligibility remaining, his three choices reflect that he intends to play immediately, as transferring to an FCS school doesn’t require him to sit out a year as an intra-FBS transfer would.
As a Big Ten curmudgeon, seeing any dent in the armor of an SEC powerhouse warms my cold heart. However, let’s be real here: Mathieu was an electrifying defensive and special teams force, so seeing him take his talents outside the power conferences is a loss for all college football fans. And with LSU sitting pretty atop the USA TODAY preseason poll, 2012 could have been the year when Mathieu cemented his legacy with a Heisman trophy and BCS Championship ring.
It’s a shame, but rules are rules and Mathieu broke them. Here’s hoping that both Miles and Mathieu have successful seasons regardless–but more so Mathieu because f*ck the SEC.