QB Maty Mauk dismissed from Mizzou Football team

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LEXINGTON, KY - SEPTEMBER 26: Maty Mauk #7 of the Missouri Tigers passes against the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Head coach Barry Odom released quarterback Maty Mauk from the Mizzou football program on Thursday.

Coach Odom released the following statement regarding the decision:

“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.

Mauk was suspended on Tuesday for the third time in just four months after a video that shows a person appearing to snort a white, powder-like substance appeared on Twitter.

The 6′ 200 lb.  Kenton, Ohio native only played in four games during the 2015 season and had six touchdowns and 654 yards.  During the 2014 season he was ranked sixth in the SEC for total offense and seventh in passing yards per game (189.1). He eventually helped lead the team to their second consecutive SEC Championship game where they were defeated by Alabama 42-13.  The team then finished the season with a win over Minnesota in the Citrus Bowl.

Two scholarship players remain at the quarterback position for the Tigers after the dismissal of Mauk and transfer of Eddie Printz, Lee’s Summit native Drew Lock and Marvin Zanders.