Details continue to emerge surrounding the latest on the suspension of Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk.
According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch’s Dave Matter, the incident that resulted in Mauk being suspended for the remainder of the 2015 season was an alleged verbal confrontation outside of a downtown Columbia bar, The Field House, shortly after midnight on Thursday morning.
Mauk had apologized to his teammates on Wednesday, vowing that he would “get his act together and be the leader that he’s supposed to be and we all know he can be,” wide receiver J’Mon Moore told Matter.
Columbia Police were dispatched to the area on Broadway four times for various incidents between 11:09 p.m. and 1:14 a.m., but a police spokesman confirmed that Mauk was not mentioned in any reports taken that night, according to Matter.
While Mauk was not implicated in any unlawful behavior, the incident did not “fulfill the set expectation” of Mauk’s reinstatement and Mizzou athletics director Mack Rhoades and Gary Pinkel reached the decision to suspend Mauk after knowledge of the incident was relayed to administration, the source told Matter.
The suspension is Mauk’s second of the season, but already has a different feel this time around.
Mauk was not listed on Mizzou’s depth chart via the team’s weekly media notes, which was standard procedure throughout his suspension, but the quarterback also wasn’t listed on the team roster for the first time all season.
When asked if he would continue to meet with Mauk weekly until the end of the season, as he had during Mauk’s initial suspension, Pinkel told reporters on Sunday “Honestly, I haven’t really thought about it.”
Mizzou players offered concern for their teammate and support for their coach when speaking to Matter.
“Coach Pinkel has Maty’s best interests in mind,” said Evan Boehm, a member of Mizzou’s highly-touted 2012 recruiting class along with Mauk. “People might not realize that right now but maybe in the future they’ll realize that. It’s not Coach Pinkel going after Maty Mauk; it’s Coach Pinkel trying to help Maty Mauk.”
He also added: “This coaching staff has Maty’s best interests in mind, his health and everything like that,” Boehm said. “It’s not like we’re just getting rid of Maty Mauk. We’re trying to help him out as a human being, not just a player. …. We’re worried about Maty Mauk as a person, as a teammate, as a brother and as a son. That’s why Coach Pinkel is doing this.”
Moore wondered if the diagnosis of Mauk’s father, Ohio Hall of Fame high school football coach Mike Mauk, with stage three colorectal cancer this summer has had an impact on the quarterback, telling Matter:
“With his dad, anything could be going through his head,” Moore said. “You want to be there for him. You want him to be around. When you’ve got a team like this and you’ve got stuff going on outside of the team, this team makes you feel better. With him not being able to be here, it makes you wonder what’s going on inside.”
The elder Mauk underwent successful surgery on Sep. 28, just one day before Mauk was suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules. He was in Springfield, Mo. that day with his family for his father’s surgery.
Despite all of the tumult at the quarterback position over the past 5 weeks, Mizzou will host No. 24 Mississippi State on Thursday night.
Freshman quarterback Drew Lock will make his fifth start of the season, with the previous four yielding mixed results. Lock won his debut over South Carolina, 24-10, tossing a pair of touchdowns with no interceptions, but he is just 0-3 since, leading Mizzou to a total of 12 points.