Pending and promised: BYU will play the University of Missouri on Saturday


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BYU football’s game against the University of Missouri is back on after University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe resigned this morning.

Wolfe was accused of racial slurs and other slights, which caused students to protest at the Homecoming parade in October, plan walkouts and one student, Jonathan Butler, went on a hunger strike. The protests received more national attention this weekend when 30 black football players announced they would not participate in Saturday’s game against BYU until Wolfe was removed.

“The athletes of color on the University of Missouri football team truly believe ‘Injustice Anywhere is a threat to Justice Everywhere,'” the players said in a statement. “We will no longer participate in any football related activities until President Tim Wolfe resigns or is removed due to his negligence toward marginalized students’ experience. WE ARE UNITED!!!!!”

If Wolfe hadn’t stepped down and the game didn’t happen on Saturday, Missouri would have owed BYU $1 million for their cancelled game, according to their contract.

The University of Missouri Department of Athletics released a statement following Wolfe resigning:

“The primary concern of our student-athletes, coaches and staff has been centered on the health of Jonathan Butler and working with campus leaders to find a resolution that would save a life. We are hopeful we can begin a process of healing and understanding on our campus.

“Football activities will resume Tuesday in preparation for Saturday’s game with BYU.”

The Tigers are scheduled to play BYU on Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri at 5:30 p.m.

Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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