Is it possible former Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk has settled on his next destination?
There’s no confirmation from Mauk or his family, but he graduated from Mizzou last weekend and updated his Twitter profile with a reference to EKU.
That could be an indication he’s set to join Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Ky., though the school also had yet to confirm that Mauk would enroll there.
A spokeman for the Colonels’ football program told The Star “nothing to report yet” Tuesday in an email.
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Mauk posted a picture of himself in an MU graduation cap and gown Monday on Instagram.
The accompanying text said, “Officially done in Columbia and ready to start the next chapter. Thank you for everything you have done and are doing now to keep me going.”
Mauk was suspended three times since January and missed a total of eight games before he ultimately was dismissed from the Mizzou football team Jan. 28, a few days after a video surfaced on social media that appeared to show him using narcotics.
At that time, Mauk’s father, Mike, told The Star that it was an old video, perhaps two years old, but Tigers coach Barry Odom said Mauk had failed to live up to the conditions of his reinstatement.
“As for the video appearing on social media this week, it is concerning, but we believe it is from a long time ago,” Odom said in a statement announcing Mauk’s dismissal. “However, Maty’s failure to live up to expectations in recent weeks was the reason for this decision.”
By graduating from Missouri, Mauk would be eligible to play immediately under the graduate-student transfer exception.
Mark Elder was hired as Eastern Kentucky’s football coach Dec. 8 after three seasons at Tennessee, where he coached tight ends and served as special teams coordinator.
Mauk rushed for 114 yards and threw three touchdowns in a 31-3 win against the Volunteers in 2013 and added two more passing touchdowns in a 29-21 win in 2014 at Tennessee.
Elder previously served on Volunteers coach Butch Jones’ staff at Central Michigan (2007-09) and Cincinnati (2010-12), where Mauk’s older brother, Ben, played from 2003-06. The Bearcats also recruited Maty Mauk before he opted to come to Missouri, where he went 17-5 as a starter in parts of three seasons.
Mauk completed 346 of 657 passes — a 52.7-percent clip — for 4,373 yards with 42 touchdowns and 19 interceptions in 32 career games at Mizzou. He boasts the fourth-most passing touchdowns in Tigers history and ninth-most passing yards.
Eastern Kentucky lists six quarterbacks on its most recent roster online, including redshirt senior Bennie Coney.