The end of Mitch Mustain's much anticipated documentary has a new twist — a minor league baseball deal.
Mustain, a former Arkansas quarterbacking phenom turned USC benchwarmer turned alleged prescription drug dealer, has signed on to a minor league deal with the Chicago White Sox after clocking in with a 90 MPH fastball during a January tryout. He'll head to Glendale, Ariz., for spring training on March 8.
It's not exactly the ending many predicted for Mustain, who came out of Springdale (Ark.) High School in 2006 as one of the most coveted quarterback recruits in the nation. He started eight games at quarterback at Arkansas as a true freshman, all Razorback wins, but soon found himself back on the bench — and at the center of a burgeoning soap opera — over the final month of the season. He subsequently transferred to USC, only to spend the next three years sitting behind two other former blue-chip recruits, Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley.
After football, he went undrafted, was cut from the CFL and was arrested last February for attempting to sell prescription medicine, though charges were eventually dropped. Since then, he's been working at a car dealership in Bentonville, Ark., to make ends meet.
Oh, and a documentary about his life is in the works titled "The Identity Theft of Mitch Mustain." It looks... um, interesting, and is supposed to be ready by the Little Rock Film Festival this spring.
If baseball — or a budding acting career — doesn't work out, Mustain did sign with the Georgia Force of the Arena Football League, and was supposed to report to workouts on Feb. 16. That's on hold, obviously, while Mustain tries his arm at pitching in an attempt to totally reinvent himself and make his path to professional sports through the diamond rather than the gridiron.
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