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DeSoto High Football Twins And Head Coach Father Bonded By The Sport And Much More

by Keith Russell | CBS 11

DeSOTO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) &#; You know a high school football team is close when the players refer to each other as brothers.

In DeSoto High School&#;s case, it’s the truth.

Juniors Caimon and Crimson Mathis came into the world two minutes apart.

Crimson, the junior receiver says &#;We’ve got a different connection. We’re bonded together more than the other siblings”.

Caimon, the junior defensive agrees by saying, “That’s true. You can tell we’re bonded together more than the other siblings”.

Even more unique, they play for their dad, Claude Mathis, DeSoto’s Head Coach.

The Mathis twins, Crimson (left) and Camion (right) and their dad, Claude Mathis (credit: Keith Russell &#; CBS 11)

He says “they’re always touching each other and it’s one of those where it’s like guys quit please”.

Never was the brotherly love greater than the second game of the season when Crimson broke his leg requiring surgery.

He admits it’s “my junior year. I knew it was going to mess up my recruitment. I just gotta deal with it”.

His twin brother, Caimon, says “if I go hard and I could ever get a scholarship….Bring my brother as a package deal. I’m playing for the both of us right now”.

About the only thing that separates the Mathis twins…..One won’t step on the field again this season.

But their closeness &#; That’s everlasting.

Caimon admits “this is a unique thing to have him by my side. It’s special”.

Coach explains “you always hear different things about twins and it’s just awesome”.

Twins or not they still have their pet peeves.

Caimon says Crimson “Screams non stop everyday and I can’t take it”.

Crimson says Caimon “right now is hitting me on crutches and I can’t do nothing about it”.

Knowing they can always lean on each other as a crutch means more than any game.


Editor's note: This story has been updated.

DESOTO-- Claude Mathis is returning to the football program he built into a state championship contender.

DeSoto selected Mathis, the Marshall head football coach who led the Eagles from , as its next head coach at a district board meeting Monday night.

The seven-member board voted in favor of a motion to hire Mathis, who went with two state semifinal appearances during his previous Eagles tenure.

Two members -- Tiffany Clark and Amanda Sargent -- abstained, while Aubrey C. Hooper voted against Mathis' hire. Hooper declined to comment afterward on his decision.

The move comes more than a month after Mike Robinson resigned Dec. 7 as the football program's leader after just 10 months on the job. And it follows a tumultuous two years that left DeSoto searching for its third head coach in as many seasons.

DeSoto narrowed a pool of more than applicants to six for interviews last Friday, according to a district press release. Mathis and another finalist then gave presentations to a committee of parents, students community members and officials on Friday evening.

DeSoto ISD's chief of staff Sonya Cole-Hamilton and director of communication Tiffanie Blackmon-Jones immediately ushered Mathis out of the room at the board meeting's culmination and denied all interview requests. Mathis didn't immediately respond to a message requesting comment but was quoted in a DeSoto ISD news release.

"I am extremely excited to be back home in DeSoto ISD," Mathis said in the release. "I have some really great memories and am proud of the things I was able to accomplish alongside my coaching staff and this community. I am committed to the vision of [Superintendent D'Andre Weaver] and I am just ready to get to work to serve the young men and women of DeSoto."

Mathis' hiring comes after a tumultuous two-year period for the district and football program.

Todd Peterman, a longtime DeSoto assistant, inherited the top spot from Mathis in after Mathis left to become running backs coach at SMU. A year later, the Eagles won the Class 6A Division II state championship with a record.

During the following offseason, Peterman's job status hung in limbo for several weeks while the DeSoto ISD school board decided whether to renew his contract.

Though it was eventually renewed, he stepped down in January and is now head coach at Fort Worth Brewer.

As DeSoto worked to fill Peterman's void, Desoto ISD put Superintendent David Harris on leave while investigating him. Some news outlets and social media suggested the move stemmed from the football coach opening and interest in having Mathis return. Mathis, who applied for the opening last year, denied any involvement.

Instead, DeSoto hired Robinson, who was North Mesquite's year head coach, in late February The Eagles finished in Robinson's first year and lost in the second round of the playoffs.

Soon after the season ended, the district announced Robinson would move to an administrative role as an assistant athletic director.

"My vote does reflect some concerns, however, I fully support [Superintendent D'Andre Weaver]," Hooper said during the board's comments to Mathis after approval. "[Hopefully] this is the last time, at least in my experience or tenure on the board, that we have to go through this process."

One parent of a current DeSoto football player walked out after the board approved Mathis' hire, voicing her displeasure about the district's transparency and communication with students' families.

However, several board members praised Mathis' emphasis on players' academics and proper behavior during his previous tenure.

"If I knew they were not turning in work in any subject, I would send him and email, and he got onto those guys," said district board member Kathy Goad, who was a DeSoto teacher during Mathis' previous tenure. "We need to work together as a community, the coaches do, the teachers do, the parents do."

Others praised Mathis' coaching. At a point under Mathis, the Eagles garnered a national No. 1 ranking in several polls. He left DeSoto to become SMU's running backs coach for the and seasons. Marshall ISD hired him to be head football coach and athletic director in

This season, Mathis led Marshall to the regional semifinals and a record -- just the second time since the program has recorded double-digit victories.

"We expect to win,"DeSoto ISD President Carl Sherman Jr. said to Mathis during the meeting. "We expect our kids to win, and once again, winning is realizing the options and opportunities in front of them."

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Timeline of DeSoto coaching saga

Below is a collection of stories posted by SportsDayHS during the DeSoto-Todd Peterman saga in the order that they appeared on and

April 24, : In statement to The News, DeSoto board president explains why no decision has been made yet about Peterman

April 25, : DeSoto football players meet with superintendent Tuesday, voice strong support for Peterman

April 25, : Peterman remains as DeSoto football coach as baffled community, dysfunctional school board ask questions

April 28, : Peterman's job status still in doubt, but something has been 'resolved'

April 29, : Peterman calls anonymous handwritten note alleging wrongdoing 'comical and untrue'

May 8, : DeSoto retains Peterman, but questions linger: My name 'has been dragged through the mud'

May 10, : Questions of race linger on divided DeSoto school board

Aug. 10, : Questions still remain about DeSoto's baffling offseason; Peterman addresses rumors in exclusive interview

Jan. 18, : Peterman officially steps down as DeSoto's head football coach, says he was not fired or asked to leave

Jan. 18, : 'Smdh': How some are reacting to Peterman's resignation from DeSoto

Feb. 20, : As DeSoto ISD puts superintendent David Harris on leave, former football head coach Claude Mathis denies role in upheaval

Feb. 21, : Why are so few candidates applying for the DeSoto job? Source: Claude Mathis withdraws name from consideration

Feb. 26, : North Mesquite's Mike Robinson is named DeSoto's new football coach and vows to 'always put the kids first'

March 19, : Peterman hired by Fort Worth Brewer

April 3, : DeSoto schools superintendent David Harris resigns as trustees look into concerns

May 4, : Peterman excited about chance to rebuild Fort Worth Brewer after leaving a state champion

Oct. 16, : DeSoto ISD investigating allegations of financial mismanagement of past school administrators

Dec. 7, : Robinson steps down as DeSoto's football coach after just one season

Dec. 11, : Longtime assistant Brandon Harrison named interim head coach

Jan. 14, : DeSoto hires Claude Mathis as head coach

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Coach Mathis Enjoys Being Back In DeSoto

Sometimes the heart just wants to go home. And home, to Coach Claude Mathis, is DeSoto.

&#;It&#;s been very special being back. I still pinch myself. Sometimes I think on Sundays I have to get back in the car and drive to Marshall,&#; Mathis said.

Marshall is where Mathis was coaching for a couple years before returning to DeSoto, where he was the head football coach from Mathis enjoyed success at Marshall, leading the Mavericks to back-to-back district championships and being named the league&#;s coach of the year in each season. But his heart &#; and family &#; were in DeSoto, except for his son Champ, whom he coached at Marshall and is now playing safety for Texas A&M-Commerce.

&#;I can&#;t say enough good things about Marshall, but now I&#;m back home,&#; Mathis said. &#;It was special that my oldest son went with me. In fact, it was beyond special to coach him.&#;

And being back in DeSoto has proven special. He led the Eagles back into familiar territory, posting a record and advancing to the second round of the Class 6A Division I playoffs before falling to another perennial power, Southlake Carroll (). DeSoto defeated Dallas Skyline to open the postseason.

The Eagles were only two plays away from going in the regular season. Their losses were to Mansfield Summit () and to Cedar Hill (), both of whom also reached the playoffs.

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&#;Mathis brings a certain fire to his role as our head football coach and that fire is contagious,&#; DeSoto Athletic Director Larry Davis said. &#;His return has reignited an energy in and around our program that is exciting and we look forward to the future of this program and its potential under his leadership.&#;

During his first tenure at DeSoto, Mathis led the Eagles to a record over seven seasons, advancing to at least the second round of the playoffs each year. Twice they reached the state semifinals, finishing in and , along with going and reaching the state quarterfinals in

And yes, the Eagles did win a state championship two seasons after he left, going in , but Mathis has his sights on winning one with himself at the helm.

&#;It&#;s an opportunity to finish what I started here,&#; he said, noting that he has three more sons he looks forward to coaching as Eagles, twins who are freshmen, and another in the seventh grade. He also has a daughter who is a junior.

Both Sides Of The Field

Mathis was a college standout, earning a place in the Hall of Honor at Texas State University (then known as Southwest Texas State). He graduated in with several school records at running back and twice being named NCAA Division II All-American.

Mathis attended a training camp for the Minnesota Vikings right out of college, and even signed as a free agent, though his time with the team was short-lived. He played semi-pro ball, being named the MVP of the North American Football League, leading the league in rushing while playing for the Austin Rattlers.

His first head coaching job was at Somerville in , where he was also the athletic director and head boys and girls track coach. From there he went to Austin LBJ from , earning Class 4A Coach of the Year honors by the Texas Sportswriters Association.
He left his first stint in DeSoto for what he thought was his dream at the time, to coach in college. He joined the staff at SMU with Chad Morris.

&#;Always reach for the stars and the dream. Never let yourself say you didn&#;t try,&#; Mathis said of going to SMU.

He did not, however, follow Morris to Arkansas, where Morris was fired recently. Mathis does keep in touch with his former head coach, and others from the SMU staff, he said.

&#;I still keep a relationship with him, but I wanted to coach my son, so I didn&#;t go to Arkansas,&#; Mathis said. &#;They&#;re going to rebound. That&#;s tough what happened to them there, though. It was hard to see.&#;

Also A Track Coach

Mathis also loves coaching track, and has enjoyed similar success in that sport. In high school at Bartlett he advanced to state in the meter hurdles. He said track and football go hand-in-hand, or perhaps foot-in-foot.

&#;It helped make me a better football player, and vice-versa,&#; he said. &#;Track is a true measure of yourself. Will you push yourself to win or will the pressure get you?&#;

His track coaching success includes leading the DeSoto boys to a team state championship on the strength of state titles in the meter and relays.

Now, Mathis said there is no job out there &#; including college &#; that can draw him away.
&#;In a sense I never really left, and I&#;m not leaving again,&#; he said. &#;There&#;s always a place for us to call home, and DeSoto is that place for me.&#;

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