Turmoil in Missouri

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University of Missouri president Tim Wolfe resigned Monday, two days after the school’s football players announced a boycott of all football-related activities.

Members of the Tigers football team told reporters Monday morning that they would return to practice at its regularly scheduled time Tuesday and will play Saturday when Missouri faces BYU in Kansas City, Mo.

More than 30 Missouri football players announced over the weekend they would not take part in any football-related activities as long as Wolfe remained in office. Missouri coach Gary Pinkel canceled practice on Sunday and said he stood by his players, who were part of a push around campus to force Wolfe’s removal.

“Thank you. We won and we must continue fighting,” said the Legion of Black Collegians, which announced the boycott, on Twitter.

Added Missouri linebacker Paul Adams via on Twitter: “Power of prayer is strong.”

Wolfe’s resignation came after a meeting with the Board of Curators, which took place amid a walkout by professors and a weeklong hunger strike by a grad student.

“The frustration and anger that I see is clear, real and I don’t doubt it for a second,” Wolfe said at a news conference.

The Missouri players had a timetable set for when they wanted Wolfe to vacate. 

“Before lunch on Monday morning was the goal from the jump!”  defensive back John Gibson III wrote on Twitter. 

“The goal was lunchtime Monday,” echoed defensive back Anthony Sherrils. 

Wolfe said in a statement on Sunday that he had no plans to resign.

Missouri football players will resume practice and play against BYU, as scheduled, on Saturday, according to the Kansas City Star.

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