Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk has been suspended for the rest of the 2015 season, the school announced in a press release Sunday.
Pinkel spoke to reporters on Sunday and refused to go into further detail on the suspension, saying “At the end of the season, we’ll look at it.”
Mauk, who was just reinstated on Oct. 25 following a four-game suspension for violating team policies, has also struggled on the field, passing for just 654 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions in five games.
Aaron Reiss of the Columbia Missourian reported that the Columbia Police Department has no records of any arrest for Mauk, who for the first time all season, was not listed on Mizzou’s roster in this week’s game notes.
Mizzou has struggled in Mauk’s absence, scoring a total of 36 points in four games. The Tigers haven’t scored a touchdown since an Oct. 3 win over South Carolina and have just three third-down conversions in their last three games.
The offensive futility is the worst in coach Gary Pinkel’s time at Mizzou. The Tigers have failed to have a 100-yard rusher or 200-yard passer in any game this season and, for the first time under Pinkel, lost a game in which the opponent was held to less than 10 points (9-6 UGA loss).
After back-to-back SEC East titles, Mizzou (4-4, 1-4 SEC) is in danger of not reaching a bowl game for just the second time in its last 11 seasons.
Freshman Drew Lock is expected to make his fifth start of the season on Thursday night when Mizzou plays host to No. 25 Mississippi State.
“It puts a remarkable amount of pressure on a young player,” said Pinkel. “At the end of the day, we don’t asterisk things.”
Lock has seen his fair share of issues this year.
The true freshman was stellar against South Carolina, completing 21 of his 28 attempts for 136 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a 24-10 win, but has struggled mightily in his last three starts, completing just 41 of his 99 attempts for 402 yards and zero touchdowns with two interceptions.
Mizzou is coming off of a bye week following a 10-3 loss to Vanderbilt on Oct. 24.