BATON ROUGE, La. - Tyrann Mathieu may long to return to the LSU football team. He may even be willing to sit out an entire season as penance, but he will not be allowed to do so, according to a report.
LSU beat writer Glenn Guilbeau reported that LSU senior associate athletic director for NCAA compliance, Bo Bahnsen, said as much Monday afternoon, saying that the football ban was permanent.
That came after other reports that suggested head coach Les Miles and LSU might listen to Mathieu's plan to sit out a year, get his life in order, and return in 2013.
ESPN's Joe Schad reported early Monday that a 'heartbroken' Mathieu wanted to return.
It would be up to LSU to decide if the school wanted to accept such a proposal.
"If Tyrann chooses to return to LSU as a student he can do so. We are not speculating on anything beyond that,” said a statement from the university.
Mathieu could immediately play at a lower division school and reportedly visited McNeese State after last week's action.
LSU made the announcement Friday, saying only that Mathieu had violated team rules. Last season he was suspended for a game for violation of team rules, but was a Heisman finalist.
He was selected to every preseason All-American team, including taking two spots - defensive back and punt returned - on one squad.