Recently, Tyrann Mathieu, a talented Louisiana State University (LSU) defensive back and punt return specialist, was dismissed from LSU for violating team and university rules. After the decision was reached by administrative officials at LSU, Tyrann Mathieu started looking for eligible schools he could attend. It has been reported that he is seriously considering attending McNeese State University. Albany State University offers Tyrann Mathieu the greater opportunity to demonstrate his talent and get his life together, however.
By attending Albany State University, this will move him a long distance away from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Albany State University is located in Albany, Georgia. In Albany, Georgia, Mr. Mathieu will be situated in a city with good values and in a city with denizens who will not allow him to allow himself to handle his fame recklessly. Mike White, Albany State University Head Football Coach, is a no-nonsense guy and coach who will not treat Tyrann any different than any other player on his team. Mr. Mathieu will have to run through those gruesome sand dunes on one of the practice fields at Albany State University.
Albany State University is the most successful team in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC). At Albany State University, he will receive the right amount of publicity, benefit from coaches who are truly going to be committed to making him better on the field, in the classroom, and off the field, and he will not be looked at and used as a “messiah” to save a failing football team, considering Albany State University is the most successful football team and athletic program in the SIAC. Albany State University’s football team is a perennial National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II power.
At McNeese State University, Tyrann Mathieu will be expected to be a “messiah” for an average at best team. It simply makes sense for him to select a school with a football program that has a winning tradition as the one he is leaving at LSU. With that in mind, Albany State University would be an excellent choice. He would leave one winning football program and go to another winning football program. Mr. Mathieu must think about the reason why his great talents have been noticed: he’s been on great football teams. By going to McNeese State University or any of the other schools it has been reported that he may select, including Jackson State University, he runs the risk of National Football League (NFL) scouts not gaining the best opportunity to assess his skills and his NFL stock could suffer even more if he’s on a team that’s nothing special.
A union between Albany State University and Tyrann Mathieu makes great sense. Make it happen!
Antonio Maurice Daniels
University of Wisconsin-Madison