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J’Mon Moore said he spoke with Maty Mauk every day when Missouri’s quarterback was suspended for an unspecified violation of program policies from Sept. 29 through Oct. 24.
Mauk was not permitted to participate in team activities, but Moore said Mauk would work out by himself at the Missouri Athletic Training Center. [...]
"He said he was going to get his act together and be the leader he's supposed to be, that we all know he can be," Moore said. "He was basically saying he was going to have a clean plate from here on."
That didn’t last long.
Hours after he apologized to his teammates, two sources confirmed Mauk and another male engaged in a verbal confrontation outside of downtown Columbia bar The Field House shortly after midnight.
The scene was relayed to Mizzou’s administration and after athletics director Mack Rhoades conferred with Pinkel, Mauk was suspended for the rest of the season, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
One source said Mauk "didn’t fulfill set expectations" of his reinstatement from his original suspension.
Mauk is only a redshirt junior and does have a year of eligibility remaining. Gary Pinkel did not say whether would have the option to return when the season was over.
"At the end of the season we'll look at it," Pinkel said at his media briefing in advance of Thursday's game against Mississippi State.
Pinkel did not address any of the specific questions about Mauk's suspension, speaking only in general terms about his approach disciplinary issues.
Since Missouri's next game is on Thursday night instead of Saturday, Gary Pinkel met with the media yesterday afternoon.
On if quarterbacks are held to a higher standard…
There is no question, the quarterbacks are held to a whole different standard than everybody else on the team. There is no question about that. The responsibility, you're going to touch the ball 75 times a game. We're going to hand you the keys to the car. That responsibility is huge. It's a lot of pressure, especially nowadays more than ever. There's no question about it, they definitely have a higher standard. They know that. That always has been communicated with them. That's the nature of the position.
On if the situation with Mauk will be a distraction…
First of all, you have to overcome the distractions. You're going to have them. You don't like self-inflicted ones, there's enough things. Having a bunch of serious injuries are distractions to a team. There's no question about that. But you don't like self-inflicted ones that tap in internally. It's just the way it is. It doesn't matter. You've got to overcome them.
* On the offensive line: "I just thought Nate" Crawford "played well in there. Gave us a little more umph, more stoutness."
* On the offense: "It's like a deeper rut you go in. You get deeper, deeper and deeper. We've got to coach better, play better and design better. If I could say a prayer and have something happen quick, I'd like to score a touchdown."
* Pinkel talks about how receivers take some time to get better sometimes. Says he thinks the raw material is there with this year's group, it just needs more time.
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