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Mizzou coach Gary Pinkel tweets support of players on strike

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel appeared to tweet his support for players boycotting the university. 

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel tweeted his support for a group of players currently boycotting university president Tim Wolfe on Sunday.

Pinkel tweeted a photo of the football team with the caption, “The Mizzou Family stands as one. We Are united. We are behind our players.” Later Sunday, Mizzou athletics released a statement saying the team will not practice until grad student Jonathan Butler ends his hunger strike, which began in protest against Wolfe.

Saturday, a group of black players on the Tigers announced they would not take part in any football activities until Wolfe was removed or removed from his position. Wolfe has come under fire on campus for his handling of several racial controversies on campus. 

After Pinkel’s tweet, cornerback Anthony Sherrills tweeted “the coaches and administration” are behind us. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said “concerns must be addressed” in regards to the situation.

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