Report: “Half” of Mizzou players, coaches angry about team protest
Not everyone is on board with the Missouri football team’s protest, including several players and coaches.
The Tigers have not practiced since last week after a group of players announced it would boycott the remainder of the football season if school president Tim Wolfe was not relieved of his responsibilities.
But there is apparently a large contingency within the Mizzou Athletic Training Complex that wants to get back on the field.
“As much as we want to say everyone is united, half the team and coaches — black and white — are pissed,” an anonymous player told ESPN.com‘s Brett McMurphy. “If we were 9-0, this wouldn’t be happening.”
If Missouri is forced to cancel this weekend’s game vs. BYU (scheduled to be played in Kansas City), it would owe Brigham Young $1 million.
Missouri graduate student Jonathan Butler began a hunger strike last Monday while subsequently demanding Wolfe’s removal. Students allege that Wolfe — who was hired in 2012 — has not done enough to curb institutional racism while also failing to cater to the needs of the affected.
The Missouri Student Association formally called for Wolfe’s removal on Monday morning.