Whether Missouri plays BYU as scheduled in Saturday’s clash at Arrowhead Stadium or not is in serious doubt after coach Gary Pinkel tweeted in support of his players, who are refraining from football-related activities while protesting racism at the school. If the Tigers don’t participate, it could cost them.
Per Tod Palmer of the Kansas City Star, Missouri would have to pay BYU $1 million for cancelling the contest. The Columbia Missourian assistant sports editor Mark Selig adds in a tweet that Missouri president Tim Wolfe, whom protestors have demanded to resign, makes $459,000 per year.
Las Vegas oddsmakers apparently still expect the game to take place. BYU opened as a two-point favorite on Sunday, according to vegasinsider.com. The game will mark just the second time that these two programs have ever squared off. BYU beat the Tigers, 21-17, in the 1983 Holiday Bowl.
For now, the game is set for a 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff and will be televised on SEC Network.
Update: According to Aaron Reiss of The Missourian, the contract between Mizzou and BYU also has a mutual agreement opt-out clause that would not force the Tigers to pay $1 million if the game is cancelled.
- The Missourian has a timeline of all the events on Missouri’s campus that have led to the protests and the football team’s decision.
- Coach Gary Pinkel tweeted in support of the protests on Sunday
- Players tweeted Saturday night that they will cease all football operations to support the protests.