Maty Mauk kicked off Missouri football team, but not for cocaine video
Missouri football coach Barry Odom announced on Thursday that quarterback Maty Mauk has been dismissed from the program. However, Mauk’s dismissal supposedly has nothing to do with a video that recently surfaced on social media that appeared to show him snorting cocaine.
Odom said that Mauk has been kicked off the team for “violating team rules.”
“I met with Maty Mauk this morning and informed him of my decision to permanently dismiss him from the football program,” Odom wrote in a statement, per Graham Watson of Dr. Saturday. “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.”
Odom specifically addressed the video, noting that the school believes it is old.
“As for the video appearing on social media this week, it is concerning, but we believe it is from a long time ago,” the statement said. “However, Maty’s failure to live up to expectations in recent weeks was the reason for this decision.”
It’s unclear exactly what Mauk did that inspired his new coach to make the move, but the 22-year-old has gotten himself into trouble on numerous occasions at Mizzou.
Before the cocaine video — which you can see here — surfaced, Mauk had been suspended twice by the football team. Both suspensions were reportedly drug-related.
At least one of Mauk’s teammates defended him after the cocaine video surfaced, insisting that it was very old and that Mauk has since cleaned his act up. Odom, who was not the head coach when Mauk was suspended the first two times, apparently disagrees.