Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk has been dismissed from the Tigers football team, coach Barry Odom announced Thursday.
The junior was indefinitely suspended from the team on Monday when a controversial video surfaced of a person identified as Mauk, according to the St. Louis Dispatch’s Dave Matter, seemingly snorting a line of white powder.
“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. 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.
“As for the video appearing on social media this week, it is concerning, but we believe it is from a long time ago. However, Maty’s failure to live up to expectations in recent weeks was the reason for this decision.”
Several of Mauk’s teammates came to the quarterback’s defense the next day, claiming that the video was two years old and that Mauk had cleaned up his act.
“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 was suspended twice during the 2015 season, with the first coming in late September for a violation of team rules. Mauk was reinstated four weeks later only to be suspended again on Nov. 1, this time for the remainder of the season, after he was reportedly involved in a verbal confrontation at a bar in Columbia, Mo.
Mauk will end his Missouri career having passed for 4,373 yards and 42 touchdowns over three seasons.