Republished from the Jefferson City News Tribune
COLUMBIA, Mo. — The Maty Mauk era at Missouri is officially over.
Mauk, who helped quarterback the Tigers to two Southeastern Conference title games, was dismissed from the team Thursday for a violation of team rules.
Newly hired head coach Barry Odom, who reinstated the rising senior last month, said he spoke with Mauk on Thursday morning to inform him of the decision.
“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,” Odom said in a statement. “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.”
Mauk posted a photo of a handwritten note to Twitter on Thursday afternoon.
“It is with a heavy heart that I come to term with the fact that I will not be a part of this great University of Missouri Athletic organization,” the note read. “There are no words to describe my disappointment. While I cannot provide you with specifics about my future, there is one thing that I am very sure of — How incredibly thankful I am for the overwelming support I have felt from the Athletic Department, the coaches, academics, my teammates, and most of all from the fans.
“I will and cannot tell you how much this support has meant to me and how thankful I am. Please know that my intent was never to bring any harm to the University or football program. I will continue to make myself the best I can be. I wish the Mizzou football program the best.”
Mauk was indefinitely suspended Monday night after a video surfaced on Twitter appearing to show him snorting a line of cocaine.
However, Odom said Mauk’s dismissal was related to “Maty’s failure to live up to expectations in recent weeks.”
“As for the video appearing on social media this week, it is concerning,” Odom said, “but we believe it is from a long time ago.
“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.”
In the video, the young man who appears to be Mauk has long hair. When Mauk was seen attending a Missouri women’s basketball game earlier this month, he had much shorter hair. Some of Mauk’s former teammates said on Twitter the video was two years old.
Mauk’s suspension was his third this academic year. He was suspended Sept. 29 for an undisclosed violation of team policies. The junior missed four games before being reinstated Oct. 25, but after being involved in a confrontation outside a downtown bar, he was suspended Nov. 1 for the remainder of the season. In total, he missed Missouri’s final eight games, during which the Tigers went 2-6 with freshman Drew Lock at quarterback.
While redshirting his freshman year, Mauk was arrested on suspicion of four charges for an incident surrounding a scooter accident.
Mauk ends his Missouri career with a 17-5 record as a starter. He filled in four games for an injured James Franklin in 2013, keeping Missouri afloat en route to its first SEC division title. He led Missouri back to Atlanta the following year as the full-time starter.
Mauk threw for 4,374 yards on 346-of-657 passing (52.7 percent) in three seasons at Missouri. The Kenton, Ohio, native had 42 passing touchdowns, 19 interceptions and four rushing touchdowns.
Mauk is the sixth player from Missouri’s 2012 recruiting class to be dismissed from the team. Next season, the senior year for members of that class who redshirted, just six players from the 2012 class will be on Missouri’s roster — including two in Harold Brantley and Morgan Steward whose returns from injury are still in question.
With Mauk’s dismissal and news of Eddie Printz’s intention to transfer, Missouri currently has just two scholarship quarterbacks returning: Lock, the probable starter, and rising sophomore Marvin Zanders.