Missouri dismisses QB Maty Mauk for violation of team rules

Missouri has dismissed quarterback Maty Mauk from its football team three days after it suspended Mauk indefinitely following the surfacing of a video on social media.

The video showed a man snorting a white, powdery substance. Head coach Barry Odom called the video "concerning" in a statement released Thursday, and stated that the school believes the video is old. Odom stated that Mauk's dismissal stems from a failure to live up to expectations by violating team rules in recent weeks.

"I met with Maty Mauk this morning and informed him of my decision to permanently dismiss him from our football program," Odom stated. "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."

Mauk posted a photo of a handwritten note to his Twitter account later on Thursday. In it, Mauk writes "there are no words to describe my disappointment."

It was Mauk's third suspension in four months. He started four games for the Tigers last season after becoming the team's full-time starter heading into the 2014 season. Mauk was suspended in September for a violation of team rules and again in November for undisclosed reasons. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported the September suspension was a result of a failed drug test.

"We believe it is in (Mauk's) best interest to focus on his personal life and his academic career at this time," Odom stated. "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, who redshirted in 2012, has one season of eligibility remaining.

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