by Aaron Reiss and Jacob Bogage
COLUMBIA — Missouri junior quarterback Maty Mauk is suspended the remainder of the season, the program announced Sunday afternoon in a news release.
The suspension is for “disciplinary reasons,” the release says. “Per department protocol, further details of the disciplinary action will not be discussed.”
Missouri reinstated Mauk last week after he missed the past four games for a suspension the program announced Sept. 29. Wednesday, on the Southeastern Conference coaches teleconference, coach Gary Pinkel told the media Mauk was back with the Tigers and said Mauk planned to apologize to his teammates.
“He’s real excited to be back,” Pinkel said.
Apparently Mauk’s return was brief. The quarterback’s junior campaign appears over after guiding the Tigers to a 3-1 record against a soft early-season schedule.
The Tigers (4-4, 1-4 SEC) host Mississippi State on Thursday night and then finish the regular season with games against BYU, Tennessee and Arkansas.
Freshman Drew Lock has started at quarterback in Mauk’s absence. After a promising first start, Lock has struggled in the last three games — all losses in which Missouri failed to score a touchdown.
Lock is again listed as the starter on the depth chart for this week, which Missouri announced Sunday. Sophomore Eddie Printz and redshirt freshman Marvin Zanders are listed as backups.
Mauk is unlisted.
Mauk’s father, Mike Mauk, told the Missourian on Tuesday: “Not being able to be with the guys has been difficult for him.”
Mike Mauk was not immediately reachable for comment after Sunday’s announcement that his son is done for the season. Maty Mauk’s brother, Ben Mauk, declined comment.
The last time Maty Mauk has spoken publicly is after the Tigers’ 21-13 loss at Kentucky on Sept. 26.
Supervising editor is Mark Selig.