[Update – Wolfe has resigned. Thanks to Peterr for the heads up.]
College football players don’t get paid, but the people who do make money from University of Missouri’s football games must be feeling nervous right now:
With the backing of their head coach, football players at Missouri are threatening to stop participating in any football activities until the president of the university system is fired or resigns. In a late afternoon statement, though, the president declined to do so, saying instead that the school would start a systemwide diversity examination.
The Tigers are joining a protest that was sparked by what the students describe as the university’s poor handling of a series of incidents:
racial slurs directed to a black student who is president of the Missouri Students Association, racial epithets hurled at the Legion of Black Collegians as they rehearsed for a performance and the discovery of a swastika drawn with human feces in the restroom of a residence hall.
Graduate students are worried about the removal of benefits. Some faculty and alumni are upset about [the] decision to … revoke university hospital admitting privileges for a doctor who also works for Planned Parenthood. Leadership changes at the medical school have not been adequately explained.
Gov. Jay Nixon has weighed in, as has Sen. Claire McCaskill. Ben Carson claimed he was the QB, coach and a defensive tackle for the Tigers when they won the Big 8 championship in 1975.