Missouri Tigers quarterback Maty Mauk was indefinitely suspended Monday as the program investigates a video of the quarterback that surfaced on social media.
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Teammates Comment on Mauk Video
Tuesday, Jan. 26
Missouri wide receiver Keyon Dilosa released a statement on Twitter regarding Mauk and the video:
Defensive tackle Harold Brantley also released a statement:
An unnamed Missouri player also told Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that a video allegedly showing Mauk snorting a white substance "was taken two years ago and the quarterback has since addressed his drug problem."
Dillon Cheverere of Total Frat Move originally shared a NSFW video allegedly showing Mauk snorting the substance and yelling afterward.
Mauk Suspended Indefinitely During Missouri Investigation
Tuesday, Jan. 26
Matter passed along a statement from athletic director Mack Rhoades and head football coach Barry Odom:
This is far from the first time the quarterback has made headlines for issues off the field.
Missouri suspended Mauk after just four games last year for a violation of team rules. At the time, the team suspended him for the Tigers' game against South Carolina on Oct. 3 and expected to re-evaluate his status, but he never played another down in 2015.
Then-head coach Gary Pinkel commented on Mauk's standing after the original suspension, per Greg Ostendorf of ESPN.com:
Maty's going through some personal things, and that's difficult in regards to that. But what we do, and I think our players have great respect for it, is I protect the integrity of the program. We're going to be who we are, and we're going to do the right thing. We're not going to manipulate things. We have rules we abide by. Everybody lives by the same rules. And I think overall, that's helped us build our football program.
The team reinstated Mauk on Oct. 25, during its bye week, and Pinkel did not comment on the signal-caller's status. On Nov. 1, Missouri suspended Mauk again for the remainder of the campaign for disciplinary reasons.
The Tigers finished 5-7 after starting 3-1 with Mauk under center and didn't play in a bowl game. Mauk posted 654 passing yards and six touchdown throws against four interceptions in those four games following an impressive 2014 campaign in which he threw for 2,648 yards and accounted for 27 touchdowns.
Matter noted Odom reinstated Mauk in December and that the new head coach "said he expected Mauk to compete with Drew Lock for the starting quarterback job when spring practices begin."
Matter also passed along Odom's expectations for Mauk:
He's on our team now, and just like every other player he's going to have very strict guidelines on what they can and can't do. The quarterback position is different than any position on the team and different than any position in sports. Those guys are going to be held very, very accountable for everything they do. They're a representative of me and our football program and university.
After Mauk's latest suspension, the starting job could be Lock's to lose. Lock threw for 1,332 yards and only four touchdowns with eight interceptions last season, but he was a freshman who jumped into a difficult and unexpected situation.
That experience will serve him well as he prepares for the 2016 season, and an entire spring of reps with the first team will allow him to settle in and develop familiarity with his receivers.
As for Mauk, football will take a backseat while Missouri gathers more information about the video.