NEW ORLEANS — Former LSU football star Tyrann "Honey Badger" Mathieu has entered a drug rehabilitation program in Houston since being dismissed from the team, media reports Friday said.
TV station WVUE reported that Mathieu's father, Tryone Mathieu, said his son had been at the Right Step recovery center and was being counseled by former NBA player John Lucas. Tyrann's problem is with marijuana, CBSSports.com reported.
Tyrone Mathieu said Tyrann, 20, is committed to restoring his health and won't play football until he is confident his rehabilitation is complete. That may rule out Tyrann transferring to a FCS school and playing this season, after which he would be eligible for the NFL draft.
Tyrann was dismissed from the Tigers on Aug. 10 after failed substance-abuse tests. LSU has said about 20 programs have asked for permission to speak with him about transferring.
Paterno Book: Joe Paterno had to be urged by his family to read the grand jury report about the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case and did not understand some of its terminology, says a biography to be released Tuesday. The book, Paterno, says two days after Sandusky was charged in November, the late Penn State coach's family and a close adviser tried to explain to him sentiment was growing he must have known for years about the accusations against Sandusky. The book quotes Paterno as shouting "I'm not omniscient!" The book also says Paterno didn't comprehend all the terms in the report, asking one of his sons what sodomy meant.
usc: Freshman receiver Nelson Agholor, a former Berkeley Prep standout, has been diagnosed with asthma. It limited him in last week's scrimmage.
basketball: Eastern Michigan retained coach Rob Murphy, who said he had an opportunity to work for the Magic.
soccer: The Florida State women, ranked No. 4 in the national coaches preseason poll after making the NCAA final four last year, erased a two-goal deficit to beat host Minnesota 3-2 in their season opener. Ines Jaurena scored the winner with just under four minutes left. … Visiting Miami upset No. 21 Florida 4-1 in the women's opener for both. The Hurricanes got their first goal at 11:29 from freshman Paige Lombard from Palm Harbor University and led 3-0 at halftime. Freshman Claire Falknor scored for the Gators. … No. 12 UCF beat the host USF women 3-1 in the opener for both.