Missouri dismisses QB Maty Mauk after series of missteps
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – Missouri has dismissed quarterback Maty Mauk from the program after a series of missteps.
New coach Barry Odom said Thursday he met with Mauk in December and gave him a fresh start. But Missouri suspended Mauk again this week after a brief video was posted to Twitter. It showsa person appearing to snort a white, powder-like substance and the tweet mentions Mauk by name.
Odom says he believes the video is from “a long time ago,” but it was clear Mauk had violated team rules in recent weeks and that was the reason for the dismissal.
Mauk, a junior, was suspended on Nov. 1 following an incident at a downtown bar not long after returning from a suspension on Sept. 29 for an undisclosed violation of team policy.
Maty Mauk tweeted this handwritten statement:
Coach Odom released the following statement regarding the decision:
“I met with Maty Mauk this morning and informed him of my decision to permanently dismiss him from the football program. When I met with Maty back in December, I wanted to give him an opportunity for a fresh start, but I also made it very clear what our expectations would be moving forward. After gathering information and speaking with a number of individuals this week, it is clear Maty has failed to live up to those expectations by violating team rules in recent weeks.
As for the video appearing on social media this week, it is concerning, but we believe it is from a long time ago. However, Maty’s failure to live up to expectations in recent weeks was the reason for this decision.
We believe it is in his best interest to focus on his personal life and his academic career at this time. We remain committed to helping him work through the challenges and earn his degree. Our hope is that he will grow from this and we wish him the very best in his future endeavors.