As pressure from Missouri’s student anti-racism protest built, it was the football team’s involvement that led to a turning point.
University president Tim Wolfe announced his resignation on Monday amid growing unrest on campus, which included a hunger strike from graduate student Jonathan Butler and Tigers players deciding to boycott football-related activities. While what happens next is uncertain, we do know the team will try to resume business as usual as it prepares to play BYU on Saturday.
Here are five things to know:
- Wolfe, upon resignation, said he did so “out of love” after seeing the anger and frustration present in Columbia.
- Missouri coach Gary Pinkel addressed the media and explained why he supported his players during this tumultuous episode. “I did the right thing, and I’d do it again,” Pinkel said.
- Tigers players reacted to Wolfe’s resignation on social media and talked about their perspectives of what the “#ConcernedStudent1950” movement represented.
- Missouri alumni and former players also reacted to the news, with very mixed opinions.
- According to a report, even those on the team were not entirely on board with the boycott, even though publicly the whole locker room stood together as one.
Other Missouri news from around the Internet
- Power Mizzou has a helpful timeline of events that should get you up to speed on all of the recent craziness in Columbia.
- USA Today’s George Shcroeder argues that Missouri’s public stand has become a major example of the power student-athletes possess.
- BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall and the Cougars players reacted to Wolfe’s resignation and the Tigers returning to practice, as chronicled by Jay Drew of The Salt Lake Tribune.