It is strike three for Missouri quartreback Maty Mauk. Mauk has been dismissed by the Missouri Tigers football program by new head coach Barry Odom. The dismissal comes just days after the school indefinitely suspended Mauk after a video of the quarterback surfaced online in which he was believed to be doing drugs.
“I met with Maty Mauk this morning and informed him of my decision to permanently dismiss him from the football program,” a statement from Odom said. “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.”
Odom did reference the red flag video that went viral earlier in the week, but suggested he believes the footage captured on social media was from “a long time ago.” Odom said regardless of when the video was recorded, Mauk still managed to fall short of the bar set at Missouri moving forward.
“We believe it is in his best interest to focus on his personal life and his academic career at this time,” Odom said. “We remain committed to helping him work through the challenges and earn his degree. Our hope is that he will grow from this time and we wish him the very best in his future endeavors.”
Mauk had been suspended twice during the 2015 season, so this latest sequence of events could be best summarized as Mauk’s strike three with the program. Given Mauk’s previous violations of team rules under Gary Pinkel, it was clear Odom needed to stand firm with his decision here to establish order within the program under his guidance.
Mauk’s Missouri career now ends with 42 touchdown passes, 4,373 yards and four rushing touchdowns. Mauk can still land on his feet with another college football program in the fall and he still has a year of eligibility remaining. With Mauk no longer in the picture in Columbia though, it would appear Drew Lock will be the frontrunner to be Missouri’s quarterback in 2016. The freshman played in 12 games last season, completing just 49 percent of his passes for 1,332 yards and four touchdowns with eight interceptions. Marvin Zanders will also be in the running starting this spring following the recent news of Eddie Printz pursuing a graduate transfer out of Missouri this season.
Sunday, erstwhile starting quarterback Maty Mauk was suspended by Missouri for the remainder of the 2015 season for violating unspecified team rules. Not surprisingly, an off-field incident was the tipping point for the football program.
Citing multiple sources with knowledge of the situation, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has reported that Mauk’s suspension came four days after an off-campus incident involving the player and an unidentified male outside of a downtown Columbia drinking establishment. The incident came a handful hours after Mauk had apologized to the team, three days after he was reinstated from a different suspension.
From the Post-Dispatch:
According to two sources, hours after Mauk apologized to his teammates, Mauk and another man engaged in a verbal confrontation outside of downtown Columbia bar The Field House shortly after midnight.
The scene was relayed to Mizzou’s administration, and after athletics director Mack Rhoades conferred with Pinkel, Mauk was suspended for the rest of the season, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
One source said Mauk “didn’t fulfill set expectations” of his initial suspension.
Between 11:09 p.m. and 1:14 a.m., Columbia police were dispatched to the area on Broadway four times for various incidents, but a police spokesman confirmed that Mauk was not mentioned in any reports taken that night.
Mauk was suspended in late September for, again, violating unspecified team rules. Head coach Gary Pinkel has steadfastly refused to reveal the reasons behind either suspension.
A return to the Tigers is not guaranteed as the school stated in its announcement of Mauk’s suspension that his status will be reevaluated at season’s end.
Freshman Drew Lock has started the past four games under center, and the Tigers are 1-3 in that span. Mizzou (4-4) need to win two of its remaining four games (vs. No. 20 Mississippi State, vs. BYU, vs. Tennessee, at Arkansas) to avoid a bowl-less postseason for the first time since 2012, its first season in the SEC, and just the second time the last 11 seasons.
One week after returning for a multi-week suspension, Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk has been suspended for the remainder of the season for a violation of team rules. His status on the team will be re-evaluated at the conclusion of the season.
Mauk was originally suspended Sept. 29 for a violation of team rules.
Mauk has not played since completing 15-of-30 throws for 180 yards and a touchdown in a 21-13 loss to Kentucky back on Sept. 26. He closes his junior season with 654 passing yards and six touchdowns with four interceptions on 57-of-110 passing.
Freshman Drew Lock will presumably play out the string as the Tigers’ quarterback. He’s currently riding a three-game streak in which he hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass or completed 50 percent of his passes. For the year, Lock is 77-of-152 for 763 yards with three scores and three picks.
Missouri (4-4) will look to win two of its final four games against Mississippi State, BYU, Tennessee and Arkansas with an offense that ranks 124th nationally in yards per play and next-to-last in scoring.
The Missouri Tigers have scored 12 points in their last three games, all losses to Florida, Georgia and Vanderbilt. Help is now on the way, with quarterback Maty Mauk being reinstated by the program.
Mauk was suspended by Missouri in early October prior to the game against Florida. The reasons for the indefinite suspension have never been confirmed by head coach Gary Pinkel. The only explanation to date has been Mauk violated team rules. The St. Louis Dispatch reports Mauk has already rejoined his teammates during Missouri’s bye week, although it has not been confirmed if he will play against Mississippi State on Thursday, November 5.
Freshman Drew Lock filled in for Mauk the past three games, with no touchdowns to show for it and a completion percentage below 42 percent. Mauk has not had a good year either, completing just 51.8 percent of his pass attempts with six touchdowns to four interceptions. Still, having the experienced junior may help reverse the offensive trends in time to save the season on some degree.
Missouri is currently 4-4, two wins shy of becoming bowl-eligible. Missouri still has games to play against BYU (in Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium), Tennessee and at Arkansas after facing Mississippi State next week. With little margin for error to get two more wins, having Mauk back in charge of the offense as quickly as possible will give the Tigers a chance to get back to the postseason for the 11th time under Pinkel. The two-time defending SEC East champs are not heading back to Atlanta this season for the SEC Championship Game, but the postseason is still in sight for Missouri.
While the length isn’t yet certain, we do know that Maty Mauk‘s suspension will be more than the one-game variety.
Monday, Gary Pinkel announced that Mauk will remain indefinitely suspended from the football program. Additionally, the Missouri head coach confirmed that true freshman Drew Lock will start at quarterback for this Saturday’s game against No. 11 Florida because of Mauk’s suspension, which kept him out of this past weekend’s game for what was described as a violation of team rules.
Pinkel has steadfastly refused to specify the reason or reasons behind the punitive measures, and the coach maintained that tack today as well.
“I don’t ever talk about disciplinary issues ever,” Pinkel said. “That’s something they trust in me and I trust in them.”
Prior to his suspension, Mauk was 13 out of the 14 starters in the SEC in passing efficiency. In the first start of his collegiate career, Lock completed 21 of his 28 passes for 136 yards, two touchdowns and, most importantly, no interceptions as Mizzou beat South Carolina 24-10.