Good morning, Missouri fans. It’s an interesting time in Columbia, Mo., as the football team has boycotted football-related activities to support graduate student Jonathan Butler, who began a hunger strike Monday to protest racism on campus. Missouri players began tweeting Saturday that they would no longer participate in football activities until university president Tim Wolfe resigns or is removed, and coach Gary Pinkel released a statement on the situation Sunday. The Tigers are set to play BYU this weekend, but the status of that game is still in question.
Here are five things to know:
- The team held a meeting at the team facility Sunday, and Pinkel tweeted out a picture of more than 30 players locked arm-in-arm with the caption, “The Mizzou Family stands as one. We are united. We are behind our players. #ConcernedStudent1950 GP.”
- Wolfe released a statement Sunday afternoon amid the anti-racism protests on the Missouri campus.
- Missouri and BYU are set to play at Arrowhead Stadium this weekend, but the status of that game remains in question. However, Aaron Reiss of The Missourian reports that Missouri and BYU have a mutual agreement opt-out clause that would not force Missouri to pay $1 million if the game were to be canceled.
- Pinkel confirmed the team boycott in a statement Sunday evening, saying the team will not practice until Butler resumes eating.
- Pinkel has led Missouri to a 117-71 record while leading the Tigers, but here’s why this week could be the biggest of his career.
Other Missouri news from around the Internet
- CBSSports.com’s Dennis Dodd was in Columbia and detailed the sights and sounds around campus in a story Sunday.
- Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel had an interesting take on the situation, saying it’s a good thing that the players are protesting and also a positive that Wolfe did not resign or indicate that he would.
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