College football roundup: Ex-LSU star might have broken NCAA rule

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Tyrann Mathieu, the former LSU cornerback who was dismissed from the team in August, reportedly for failing multiple drugs tests, might have violated a NCAA rule during his time at the school, according to Sports Illustrated.

The magazine reported that Mathieu's picture appeared on a flier promoting a Baton Rouge club party in March, and that Mathieu participated in a video promoting the party.

"If this guy is in the video in an attempt to draw people to the place, that's not permissible," an NCAA compliance officer told Sports Illustrated.

Mathieu has been in a rehab program administered by former NBA player John Lucas. He has expressed an interest in returning to the LSU team, but it's uncertain if coach Les Miles would reinstate him.

As a sophomore for LSU last season, Mathieu averaged 15.6 yards on punt returns, taking two back for touchdowns. He also scored twice on fumble returns, and he made two interceptions. The 5-foot-9, 175-pounder tied for the team lead with 75 tackles.

--Texas Tech linebacker Daniel Cobb was reinstated to the Red Raiders roster Tuesday, more than two months after being charged with felony burglary.

Cobb recently had all charges against him dismissed by the Lubbock District Attorney's office. On Sunday, the redshirt junior practiced with teammates for the first time this season. He is expected to make his 2012 debut this weekend against TCU.

--Former Notre Dame and Stanford head football coach Ty Willingham may have retired from football, but that doesn't mean he's no longer a coach.

Willingham has returned to Stanford as a volunteer assistant for the women's golf team, according to the South Bend Tribune.

Willingham left the Cardinal in 2001 after seven seasons to become the head football coach at Notre Dame, but was fired after three seasons. He also coached the Washington Huskies but was dismissed after an 0-12 season in 2008.

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