Columbia — Despite Missouri offensive coordinator David Yost's decision to resign on Monday morning, Mike Mauk - the father of highly-touted true freshman quarterback Maty Mauk - said his son will likely remain a Tiger.
By TEREZ A. PAYLOR
The Kansas City Star
"I know he was a tremendous influence on getting Maty to attend the University of Missouri," Mike said. "But Maty is a Missouri Tiger and is committed to helping the program for the next several years."
Mike also expressed some sadness about Yost's decision, adding that the coordinator - who was known for his long blonde hair an affable demeanor - was a big reason Maty, a record-breaking, three-star prospect out of Kenton, Ohio, chose to sign with MU this February instead of other well-known schools, including Michigan and Notre Dame.
"Coach Yost was the key factor in why he went out there," said Mike, the head football coach at Kenton High School. "It's disappointing. We were hoping he'd stay with it because I do think he's an outstanding coach and better person."
Even still, Mike made it seem like his son - who apparently spoke with MU coach Gary Pinkel on Monday morning - is ready to give the next offensive coordinator a chance.
"Once Maty committed to Missouri, he committed to Missouri," Mike said. "Whatever decision they make at offensive coordinator, we believe, will be in the best interest of the program."
When asked directly if Maty is at least considering a transfer, Mike shot the possibility down.
“That’s not gonna happen," Mike said. "That’s not something I'd ever encourage or promote unless they say they don’t want Maty. Unless that would occur, he’s planning on graduating from Missouri.”
Mauk, who stands 6 feet 2 and weighs 200 pounds, is a Parade All-American and two-time Gatorade player of the year in Ohio who broke national records for passing yards (18,932), touchdown passes (219), pass completions (1,353) and total offense (22,681) in high school.
He redshirted this season despite Missouri's injury woes at quarterback, but Mike believes the experience was good for his son, who could not be more excited about competing for the starting job in 2013.
"Maty expressed that he wanted to play, but we had confidence the coaches were doing the right thing," Mike said. "It gave him a year to mature, develop and get stronger."
Pinkel has said repeatedly that the job will be open for competition in the spring, even noting how freshman Brad Smith beat out a multi-year starter in Kirk Farmer several years ago. Mauk will compete with incumbent senior starter James Franklin, a sophomore in Corbin Berkstresser and two incoming freshmen in Trent Hosick and Eddie Printz, Jr.
"He's not there to be a backup," Mike added. "He has tremendous respect for the other quarterbacks, but Maty is a competitor and he's had a great fall of learning. He's more excited than I've ever seen him."
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