Written by Corbett Smith
Claude Mathis says Mike Leach no longer welcome at DeSoto after recruiting flap
Recruiting can be a cutthroat business.
Claude Mathis, DeSoto’s head football coach since 2008 and a former star running back at Southwest Texas State, understands that; he’s seen promises from college coaches go unfulfilled during his tenure.
But what happened to senior defensive back Myron Turner, Mathis said, is just unforgivable.
Turner, a 6-0, 175-pound safety for the 5A Division I semifinalists, took his official visit to Washington State last weekend. He’d been committed to Mike Leach since October, and — according to Mathis — had since spurned all other suitors.
Nevertheless, Mathis got a call Monday that Washington State was no longer going to honor its offer, deciding to go with a bigger safety. Amarillo Palo Duro safety Montrel Meander (6-3, 185) received an offer from Washington State and committed last weekend.
“You just don’t do a kid like that,” Mathis said. “Washington State isn’t welcome at DeSoto any longer.”
Mathis said he understood that pulling offers happens, but that switch shouldn’t occur two weeks from national signing day (Feb. 6), especially when Turner had been steadfast in his commitment and so few other FBS options were still on the table. What made Mathis even more unhappy was that Leach took a visit to DeSoto last week, sitting in Mathis’ office and not once mentioning that Turner’s offer might be at risk.
“He didn’t say a thing,” Mathis said.
Mathis said he has been hitting the phones over the past few days, trying to find a spot for Turner, who’s now without a FBS offer.
“He’s really hurt right now,” Mathis said.
Cowboys Stadium charges UIL $148,000 for finals: The UIL has a one-year option in its contract with Cowboys Stadium to bring the state football championships back to Arlington in 2013, according to documents acquired by SportsDay.
Should the UIL pick up the option and renew its contract for the 2013 season, it would pay a total of $148,000 for the use of Cowboys Stadium — the same amount it paid to use the facilities in 2012.
The contract specifies an $18,000 use charge plus $500 for each team competing on the first day of the state championships. The second day use charge is $25,000 plus $500 per team. The third day is $45,000 plus $500 per team, and the fourth and final day is $50,000 plus $500 per team.
The contract also stipulates that Cowboys Stadium would receive 10 percent of the gross proceeds from admission tickets on the first day of the championships, provided the gross sales exceed $60,000. Cowboys Stadium would receive the same 10 percent on days two, three and four, provided the gross ticket sales on those days exceed $90,000.
Prestonwood star selected: Plano Prestonwood Christian senior forward Julius Randle was named by USA Basketball to the roster for the 2013 USA Junior National Select Team that will compete in the Nike Hoop Summit on April 20 in Portland, Ore. The Nike Hoop Summit features the country’s top seniors playing against a World Select Team made up of elite international players who are 19 or younger.
The 6-9 Randle, ranked by Rivals.com as the second-best recruit in the nation in the Class of 2013, fractured his right foot in November and is expected to be sidelined for three months.
Princeton has new coach: The Princeton Herald reported that defensive coordinator Lee Wilkins has been promoted to head coach of Princeton’s football team. Former coach Stacey Dillard moved to a full-time athletic director role in December, after leading Princeton to a 10-2 season.
Staff writer David Just contributed to this report.