Tyrann Mathieu won't play in 2012

As former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu continues his rehab in Houston, his dad says he won't play football this fall.

Mathieu's father, Tyrone, told ESPN's Joe Schad that his son is too busy focusing on his own life to worry about football at the moment. Mathieu is also being counseled by former NBA player John Lucas, who battled substance abuse during his pro career and now mentors others, at Right Step recovery center.

"Tyrann is focused on addressing his issues with Mr. Lucas," Tyrone told Schad. "(Lucas') story speaks for itself. He can help Tyrann, and he can help our family."

"Tyrann is working on discipline, maturity and character. He's making life adjustments."

Mathieu is eligible to play this fall at an FCS-level program.

It's good to see that Mathieu, who was one of the most dynamic and exciting players in the country, is working to turn things around. It was a shame that he had to leave LSU the way he did, but he's taking ownership of his mistakes.

Mathieu still has a long way to go, but it appears as though he's taking the right steps necessary to fix things that go beyond the football field.

We still don't know where the Honey Badger will emerge next year, but by taking a year off he'll become eligible to play at the Division I FBS level, including LSU. But he'll also be eligible to enter the NFL draft, so that could also be an option for Mathieu.