MOBILE, Ala. — Several hours after Missouri coach Barry Odom dismissed quarterback Maty Mauk from the football team after being reportedly connected to a viral video, former teammate Evan Boehm still had not heard the news.
He learned of the decision while walking off Ladd-Peebles Stadium after Thursdays’ Senior Bowl practice.
“I just want to say that I love the kid,” Mauk’s former center said. “It’s a tough situation he’s in. I have all the respect for him. He’s a great kid and a great guy. Best of luck with wherever his life takes him.”
Ex-Missouri linebacker Kentrell Brothers was aware of Mauk’s dismissal and agreed with Odom’s decision, even though it will will likely force “a great friend” to finish his college career away from Columbia, Mo.
Brothers and Mauk — who enrolled at Missouri in 2011 and 2012, respectively — would often go fishing and play Call of Duty together.
“Before the first suspension, I knew nothing of his problems,” Brothers said. “I was actually completely unaware of them. When the video came out, I was even more surprised.”
The defender added that Missouri’s new coach had little choice when deciding Mauk’s future.
“I’m not surprised by what Coach Odom did,” Brothers said. “He has a lot of new changes to make, and if (he) wants to start off on a good foot, then I think he made the right decision.”
Some current Missouri players have claimed that the viral video is as many as two years old, a fact that Brothers didn’t dispute.
“The video’s old, but I think he needs to get some help,” Brothers said. “If he’s already gotten help and he’s good now, I’m happy for him. Hopefully somebody will give him a chance.”
Boehm said he will “let it blow over” before reaching out to Mauk in the next couple weeks.
“He’s been one of my best friends for a really long time,” Boehm said, “and I just want everyone to know that I love him.”