Missouri head football coach Barry Odom announced Thursday that quarterback Maty Mauk has been dismissed from the program.
David Morrison of the Columbia Daily Tribune passed along the news, which comes after the signal-caller had been suspended three times since September.
Cassandra Vinograd of NBC News, citing school officials, reported the latest suspension came after a video surfaced that allegedly showed Mauk "snorting a line of white powder." He was punished twice during the season, with the second program-imposed ban ending his campaign.
Mauk provided a statement on his dismissal:
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Tod Palmer of the Kansas City Star provided a full statement from Odom about the decision. He noted the video in question is believed to have come from "a long time ago," but the quarterback still continued to violate team rules as of late despite meeting with the new coach in December:
I met with Maty Mauk this morning and informed him of my decision to permanently dismiss him from the football program. 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.
We believe it is in his best interest to focus on his personal life and his academic career at this time. 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.
No further information about the violations was immediately released.
Mauk ended up appearing in just four games this season because of the off-field issues. He tallied six touchdowns and four interceptions in those contests.
The 22-year-old Ohio native had showcased potential over the previous two years with the Tigers. He combined to toss 36 touchdowns in 24 games between the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
ESPN Stats and Info further highlighted his impact:
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Mauk struggled to stay out of the negative spotlight, though. It left Missouri with little choice but to dismiss him from the program after the third suspension, especially with Odom taking over and trying to set a new tone for the future.
Freshman Drew Lock struggled in place of Mauk throughout the 2015 campaign. That means there will probably be an open quarterback competition featuring Lock, Marvin Zanders and potentially incoming recruits beginning in spring ball to fill the void.
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