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February 22, 2016

Donations to U. of Missouri Fall After Football Team Boycott

Donations to the University of Missouri athletic department are down after a losing football season during which the football team threatened a boycott in support of student protests, according to The Columbia Daily Tribune.

During fall 2015, a group of student activists protested what they called a hostile racial climate at the university. After the football team threatened to sit out of practices and a big upcoming game in solidarity with the protesters, University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe resigned.   

Cash contributions to the athletic department from November 2015, when the players threatened to boycott, through January 2016 were down 24.3 percent compared to the same three months in the previous football season. Donations to other university departments are down, too, the Tribune reports.