Missouri President Toppled By the Power of the Student Athlete

Source: Time

Missouri football just earned one of the biggest wins in sports history.

On Monday Timothy Wolfe, president of the University of Missouri,resigned after weeks of student protest regarding his administration’s handling of several racially charged incidents on campus. Later in the day, the Chancellor of the school’s flagship Columbia campus, R. Bowen Loftin, announced that he would step down at the end of the year.

On Saturday, Missouri’s football team galvanized the protest, and delivered what amounted to last rites on Wolfe’s presidency: At least thirty players said they would not participate in any football-related activities until Wolfe left office. If that meant skipping the Nov. 14 game against BYU in Kansas City, so be it. The team did not practice Sunday. To show that Missouri football meant business, coach Gary Pinkel sent out a picture of the team on Twitter:

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Once you’ve lost football, you’ve lost Missouri.

“Never thought I would be in place or time like this to actually make a difference,” Russell Hansbrough, a starting running back for the Missouri team, wrote on Twitter. Who can blame him for feeling some surprise? For decades, pro and college athletes largely played it safe: focus on the field, collect a paycheck — or for college kids, just appreciate that scholarship while the coaches cash millions — and stick to sports. But that was all before Ferguson and #blacklivesmatter and All Players United, a protest movement started two seasons ago demanding basic benefits and protections for college athletes, and the Northwestern football unionization push.

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