The situation in Columbia, Missouri has certainly escalated over the last 36 hours. On Saturday night, black members of the Missouri football team said that they would boycott football activities until president Tim Wolfe was removed from his position.
The coaches took a stand behind their players and it looks like they are taking extreme measures to make a point.
According to College Football Talk, the Tigers said in a statement that the team will not practice until graduate student Jonathan Butler’s hunger strike ends.
“Today, Sunday, there will be no football practice or formal team activities,” a statement read. “Our focus right now is on the health of Jonathan Butler, the concerns of our student-athletes and working with our community to address this serious issue. After meeting with the team this morning, it is clear they do not plan to return to practice until Jonathan resumes eating. We are continuing to have department, campus, and student meetings as we work through this issue and will provide further comment tomorrow afternoon.”
The Tigers are scheduled to face BYU on Saturday and there have been questions of whether the game will actually take place. Even if Wolfe is removed from his post, it probably won’t be until midweek and the team will likely not be ready for the game on Saturday.
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