Missouri coach Gary Pinkel reacts to turmoil on campus Tuesday night
While the boycott of football activities at Missouri has ended, the fallout regarding the Concerned Student 1950 protest continues to affect Gary Pinkel’s program.
On Tuesday evening a threat was made via Yik Yak sending the entire community into an elevated level of tension.
“Some of you are alright. Don’t go to campus tomorrow.”
There was also this:
— TJ. (@Teeeejjjjj) November 11, 2015
The situation in Columbia, Mo. is increasingly troublesome as information and misinformation has been shared through social media.
“On our campus there was a lot of social networking of misinformation last night. You don’t know what’s true and what’s not true,” said Pinkel in Wednesday’s SEC teleconference.
Rumors were swirling around social media about the potential threat of violence towards students, and while many of the claims were unsubstantiated, Pinkel was proactive in addressing concerns with a handful of commits.
Pinkel talked to five commitments last night: "They were fired up, excited. The theme I got from them is you care about your players"
— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) November 11, 2015
JUCO safety Greg Taylor reaffirmed his commitment to the Tigers despite the controversy surrounding the university.
Hinds S Greg Taylor, an East St. Louis grad, said he's sticking with Mizzou b/c they stuck with him. pic.twitter.com/acem1q6Kaq
— Tod Palmer (@todpalmer) November 11, 2015
Pinkel told reporters in Wednesday’s SEC teleconference that he received a message from senior running back Russell Hansbrough’s mother, thanking him for taking care of her son.
Class wasn’t officially cancelled at the university, but many students and faculty stayed away from campus after the scare Tuesday night.
The University of Missouri Police Department arrested Hunter Park early Wednesday morning for making a terrorist threat on social media, according to nbcnews.com’s Daniel Arkin. Park is a 19-year-old student at another campus in the University of Missouri system.
Despite all the chaos, Mizzou will face BYU on Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.