This week, Sports Illustrated attempted another high profile investigation into a prominent college sports story. New SI hires Pete Thamel (formerly of the New York Times) and Thayer Evans (formerly of Fox Sports) published a lengthy piece on former LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu. As the "Honey Badger" - a Heisman finalist and one of the most recognizable athletes in college football, it was a huge story this summer when Mathieu was kicked off the LSU football team due to substance abuse problems.
Mathieu has since re-enrolled at LSU, choosing not to transfer to an FCS school (and subsequently go to the NFL Draft), leading to speculation he could play football again for the Tigers in 2013. The Sports Illustrated article's major revelations are that party posters and videos for a night club using Mathieu could harm his future eligibility and sources told SI Mathieu had received benefits from the club as well.
The explosiveness and relevance of a cover story regarding the eligibility of someone who's not even playing college football at the moment is subject for debate. What's also up for debate is the extent Sports Illustrated and Thamel in particular went to get their story, with serious allegations being levied by many parties involved.no comments