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Should Tyrann Mathieu focus on school or football?

It's been a crazy few days in Baton Rouge.  Back on Friday, the pre-season #1 ranked team, LSU, released All-American and Heisman Trophy finalist Tyrann Mathieu from the football team. 

It was assumed by all, including head coach Les Miles, athletic director Joe Aleva, and even Mathieu himself, that the Honey Badger would be heading to the small college route and then declare for April's NFL draft, and that still might be the case.  

But Mathieu threw a wrench into the works. He now would like to re-enroll in LSU as a student only, sit out the 2012 football season, and return to LSU football next year. 

The easy thing for Mathieu to do is to go to a smaller school and declare for April's NFL draft.  But that also ensures that Mathieu will not receive a college degree.

If he returns to LSU, sits out the year on the field and focuses on academics and discipline, Mathieu would be scheduled to graduate next year. 

LSU has a legitimate dilemma on their hands.  Release Mathieu from the program and almost ensure he won't get a college degree or let Mathieu return to school immediately and re-apply for football next season. The following May, Mathieu would have a college degree. 

The right thing for LSU to do is let Mathieu back in school this year and ultimately back on the Tiger football team in 2013.  It's what's best for all involved.

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