Cold storage puns, ahoy!

Tuesday July 31st, 2012

Mario Mathis is a three-star linebacker from Thomasville, Ga.

If God is a DJ, and life is a dancefloor, then Hugh Freeze's dance card is full, thankyouverymuch.

For the third time in 24 hours, we find ourselves discussing Ole Miss, which has to be some kind of record: Yesterday morning we marveled at Freeze's irony-free Twitter stylings; last night we discussed his fruitful attempts to out-Richt Mark Richt with our friends at The Solid Verbal; and this morning we behold a report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that has Freeze pulling a scholarship offer from linebacker Mario Mathis because of an ACL injury last year:

Mathis tore his ACL before his junior season but played through the pain because it was improperly diagnosed as a knee strain. Mathis underwent surgery on January 17, and later committed on May 3 [...] Ole Miss was aware of the injury at the time, and coach Hugh Freeze personally accepted the commitment from Mathis over the phone.

Fast forward to this past weekend: Mathis did a light workout for the Ole Miss coaches and was examined by the team trainer (who said the Mathis recovery was on schedule, according to Fletcher). Then they started getting mixed signals from the Ole Miss staff, and knew something was wrong.

Mathis, a three-star prospect out of Thomasville, Ga., also fielded offers from South Florida and Mississippi State during his recruitment. It's not really a question of "whether" Dan Mullen is going to have a real good time with this, so much as "how many cheeky billboards will this action inspire?" We can see it now. "STATE: WHERE COMMITMENT MEANS COMMITMENT."

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