NEW ORLEANS — About 20 programs have asked LSU for permission to speak with All-America cornerback and punt returner Tyrann "Honey Badger" Mathieu.
Herb Vincent, the university's vice chancellor of communications, provided the figure Wednesday. LSU considers granting requests only to schools Mathieu has approved, Vincent said.
Vincent said he could not release which schools have been in touch with LSU and which have been approved other than McNeese State, which had announced Mathieu visited its campus in Lake Charles, La.
Nicholls State officials said Wednesday they had received permission from LSU's compliance department but had not met with the 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist.
Officials at Jackson State and Prairie View said LSU rejected their requests.
Mathieu was kicked off the LSU team Friday, reportedly for the latest of several failed drug tests.
Officials at McNeese State, where classes began Wednesday, said there remained leeway for Mathieu to enroll within the next few days.
As for the possibility of Mathieu returning to play for LSU in 2013, Vincent reiterated that the university "will not speculate on Tyrann's future with the LSU football program at this time."
Bush's Heisman returned: Former Southern Cal running back Reggie Bush, who was stripped of the 2005 Heisman Trophy after the NCAA hit the Trojans with sanctions for multiple violations, said on a radio show he wouldn't return to campus even if he was allowed and his trophy is back with the Heisman Trust.
Heisman official Tim Henning confirmed to the Los Angeles Times the Heisman Trust has the trophy.
The Trojans were ordered by the NCAA to remove all references to Bush on campus.
Bush, now a Dolphins back, told the Dan Patrick Show, "I haven't wanted to go back" to USC.
Ex-nole Reid enrolled: Former FSU cornerback and return man Greg Reid, dismissed for continued violations of team rules, is enrolled at Division II Valdosta State and is practicing. By transferring out of Division I-A, Reid can play this season.
Curry to retire: Georgia State's Bill Curry, who also coached at Georgia Tech, Alabama and Kentucky, announced he will retire after this season. Curry, 69, was hired in 2008 to start the Panthers' program, which went 6-5 in its inaugural 2010 season.
Rebels expansion: Mississippi State will begin a $75 million expansion of Davis Wade Stadium that should be finished before the 2014 season. The project will add more than 6,000 seats and push the capacity to 61,337.
Illinois: Coach Tim Beckman said redshirt freshman Ryan Klachko, an offensive line transfer from Nebraska, is practicing with his team. Klachko must sit out this season and will have three seasons of eligibility left.
Maryland: Quarterback C.J. Brown will miss the season after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament during a noncontact drill, the Baltimore Sun reported. Perry Hills assumes the starting job over fellow freshman Caleb Rowe.
Texas A&M: Redshirt freshman Johnny Manziel was named the starting quarterback.
Basketball: Touted Indianapolis recruit Ron Patterson will transfer from Indians after failing to meet the school's academic requirements. Patterson can sign with another four-year school, enter prep school or attend junior college.