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Missouri football dismisses QB Maty Mauk for violation of team rules

By The Sports Xchange
Missouri football dismisses QB Maty Mauk for violation of team rules
Missouri Tigers quarterback Maty Mauk. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI | License Photo

Junior quarterback Maty Mauk was dismissed from the Missouri Tigers football program due to a violation of team rules, according to coach Barry Odom.

Mauk was suspended indefinitely earlier this week after a video appeared on social media allegedly showing him snorting a white, powdery substance.

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Missouri didn't publicly cite that Mauk was dismissed due to the video. Odom stated there were a variety of reasons related to the decision.

"I met with Maty Mauk this morning and informed him of my decision to permanently dismiss him from the football program," Odom said in a statement. "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.

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"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."

It remains unclear who filmed the video.

"As for the video appearing on social media this week, it is concerning," Odom said. "We believe it is from a long time ago."

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Mauk was suspended three times since September prior to Thursday's decision. On Nov. 1, then-head coach Gary Pinkel suspended him for the rest of the regular season due to a violation of team policies.

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That suspension occurred after Mauk was involved in an incident outside a nearby bar.

Pinkel retired after the season due to health issues and was replaced by Odom. Mauk was reinstated after Odom's hiring and was expected to compete for the starting quarterback job during spring drills.

"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 and we wish him the very best in his future endeavors."

Mauk went 17-5 as a starting quarterback for the Tigers.

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