Maty Mauk Dismissed from Mizzou Football Team, Coach ConfirmsBy Russell Westerholm
Three days after issuing Maty Mauk an indefinite suspension, the University of Missouri dismissed the quarterback from the football.
According to The Kansas City Star, MU head football coach Barry Odom announced the decision in a news release Thursday afternoon.
"I met with Maty Mauk this morning and informed him of my decision to permanently dismiss him from the football program," Odom said in the release. "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."
On Monday night, a video surfaced supposedly showing Mauk snorting a line of a white powdery substance Deadspin noted. The person who posted the video named Mauk, though it was not entirely clear who the person was and what the substance was.
Regardless, the video did not appear to factor into Odom's decision.
"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," the coach said. "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."
The most recent suspension was Mauk's third since the start of this season. Though the school did not offer specifics of his first two, The Dispatch cited unnamed sources who said the first was for a failed drug test and the second for a bar fight.
Mauk hand wrote a statement on his dismissal and posted a photo of the note to his Twitter account.
"Please know that my intent was never to bring any harm to the University or football program," read part of his statement. "I will continue to make myself the best I can be."
— Maty Mauk © (@M_MAUK_7) January 28, 2016