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Former starting Mizzou QB Maty Mauk permanently dismissed from team

COLUMBIA, MO (KFVS) -

Missouri Tigers starting quarterback Maty Mauk has been permanently released from the football program.

“I met with Maty Mauk this morning and informed him of my decision to permanently dismiss him from the football program," says head football coach Barry Odom in a statement released Thursday.

"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."

Mauk was recently in hot water with the program after a video surfaced online, reportedly showing him sniffing a white powder that some believed to be cocaine.

No word has been released on any investigation into that incident.

"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,” said Odom.

Read coach Barry Odom's full unabridged statement here:

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 tweeted a handwritten letter Thursday afternoon saying he is disappointed to no longer be a part of the Missouri Athletic organization, but thankful for the support he has received from the school and fans.

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