If Maty Mauk is to resurrect a playing career that went down in spectacular flames once, it appears he’ll do so at a lower level of football.
Dismissed by Missouri earlier this year, Mauk graduated from the university this weekend. And, apparently, as he attempts to move on to the next chapter of his life, it will include a move on to Eastern Kentucky of the FCS as that’s his destination per his updated Twitter bio.
Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch tweeted that there has been “[n]o confirmation from Mauk or [his] family” on landing at EKU. Then there’s this:
WTVQ ABC 36 reporter Kennedy Hardman tweeted Monday that EKU had confirmed Mauk’s commitment, though he had not signed a financial aid agreement. Hardman later deleted the tweet and then said EKU had not confirmed Mauk’s commitment.
Given how the first three years of his collegiate career went, confusion and uncertainty should be expected.
In late January, Mauk was dismissed by Mizzou, three days after he was suspended when a video showing a person who appeared to be Mauk snorting what appeared to be a line of cocaine. That marked Mauk’s third suspension in four months.
Mauk was suspended in late September of las year for violating unspecified team rules. After missing four games, he was reinstated. Less than a week after his reinstatement, he was suspended for the remainder of the 2015 season. That suspension allegedly stemmed from an off-campus incident involving the player and an unidentified male outside of a downtown Columbia drinking establishment.
In late December, new Mizzou head coach Barry Odom reinstated Mauk.
Mauk was the starting quarterback on the Tigers’ 2014 SEC East title squad after starting a handful of games for the 2013 East title team. He attempted just 110 passes in that truncated 2015 season that again saw him begin the year as the starting quarterback.
If Mauk does end up landing at EKU, he would be eligible to play immediately in 2016.
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.
With controversy swirling yet again around Maty Mauk, one of the quarterback’s Missouri teammates has come to his defense.
Very late Monday night, a video purportedly showing Mauk doing a line of what appears to be cocaine surfaced and went viral. Shortly thereafter, Mizzou announced that, for the third time in four months, Mauk had been indefinitely suspended from the football program.
An unidentified Tiger player, while confirming that it was indeed Mauk in the clip, also confirmed to Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the video was taken two years ago. Matter writes that Mauk “has since addressed his drug problem.”
From Matter’s report:
The teammate said Mauk has “been really turning things around” since the end of the season and “has been clean for a while.”
It was also confirmed that Mauk’s first suspension, which began in late September and lasted four games, was related to a failed drug test. “The team suspected he’d been using drugs and administered the test.” Matter wrote.
In the statement announcing Mauk’s latest suspension, the university said that they “are currently gathering information regarding the video in question.”
UPDATED 12:55 p.m. ET: Missouri wide receiver Keyon Dilosa put his name to a public defense of Mauk, taking to Twitter to push back against the release of the video in question.
Missouri’s resident problem child is at it again, only this time it could signal the end of his career with the Tigers — and some serious issues that transcend football.
Late Monday night, a video surfaced on and quickly spread across the Internet that purportedly shows Maty Mauk involved in some illicit activity. Specifically, the person in the video is shown doing a line of what appears to be cocaine.
It’s not been completely confirmed that it’s Mauk in the video, but, a short time after it went viral, Mizzou announced that the quarterback has, again, been indefinitely suspended.
“We are currently gathering information regarding the video in question,” the statement began. “This is an issue we take very seriously and one that will not be tolerated within our program. We will take the appropriate actions once we have all the facts. In the interim, Maty Mauk has been indefinitely suspended for the Mizzou football program.”
This marks Mauk’s third suspension in four months.
Mauk was suspended in late September for violating unspecified team rules. After missing four games, he was reinstated. Less than a week after his reinstatement, he was suspended for the remainder of the 2015 season. That suspension allegedly stemmed from an off-campus incident involving the player and an unidentified male outside of a downtown Columbia drinking establishment.
In late December, new Mizzou head coach Barry Odom reinstated Mauk.
Mauk was the starting quarterback on the Tigers’ 2014 SEC East title squad after starting a handful of games for the 2013 East title team. He attempted just 110 passes in a truncated 2015 season that again saw him begin as the starting quarterback.
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.