Just five days after being reinstated from a month-long suspension for a violation of team rules, Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk was suspended again on Sunday — this time for the remainder of the 2015 season.
Tigers coach Gary Pinkel, always tight-lipped when it comes to suspensions, refused to offer any explanation for the change in Mauk’s status. He told reporters that the team will reevaluate the junior’s standing at the end of the season.
Pinkel did defend the actions of his program in regards to the suspension and the lack of information released in player disciplinary actions.
“All my players trust me,” Pinkel said. “I don’t talk about disciplinary issues. I know you want more information.”
Pinkel added: “What we did here was exactly like I’ve always done it. That’s what we do. We don’t overlook things. We don’t cover things up. We do what’s right. A lot of other places would try to find ways to get the problem solved without doing what we do.”
This was the most extensively Pinkel has spoken on the Mauk situation since he was first suspended in September.
Players were informed of the suspension via text, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Dave Matter.
“Coach Pinkel has Maty’s best interests in mind … and his health,” senior captain Evan Boehm said of the suspension, according to Matter.
Boehm, who signed with Missouri in 2012 along with Mauk, later added that “Maty’s my brother and I still love that kid.”
Mauk’s suspension means that true freshman quarterback Drew Lock will likely make his fifth career start Thursday when Mizzou hosts No. 24 Mississippi State. Mauk and Lock split first-team reps last week in practice, according to Gabe DeArmond of PowerMizzou.com
Lock is just 1-3 as a starter this season and the Tigers haven’t scored a touchdown since Oct. 3, totaling just 36 points in Lock’s four October starts.
Pinkel acknowledged to reporters that the season-ending suspension of Mauk only adds more to Lock’s plate as Mizzou (4-4) fights for bowl eligibility.
“It puts a remarkable amount of pressure on a young player,” Pinkel said. “At the end of the day, we don’t asterisk things.”