ESPN to Award MIZZOU Losing Football Team for Joining Sham Race Protests
In November angry race protesters at the University of Missouri in Columbia forced the campus president and chancellor to resign.
The losing football team joined the protest and promised to boycott all football games until the president resigned.
The protests already cost the university a top national football recruit. Sci Martin from Louisiana said the campus “was out of control.”
In December the University of Missouri announced that applications for the coming school year have decreased noticeably over last year. And, applications by black students graduate students are down by almost 20% .
StL Today reported:
Campus leaders have attributed the University of Missouri’s plummeting enrollment and ensuing job cuts, hiring freeze and drastic decline in revenue projections to last fall’s campus unrest that came under a national spotlight with the football team’s boycott. While athletics fundraising dipped significantly in the immediate wake of the boycott and the Tigers limped to a 5-7 finish, the athletics department has since taken measures to ensure athletes don’t reprise last year’s actions.
“How do we move forward?” athletics director Mack Rhoades asked rhetorically in April, reflecting on the fall’s events. “How do we make sure we create an environment within our athletics program so that it never happens again?”
Simply put, a boycott that lasted less than 48 hours will reverberate on campus for countless years as the university, the athletics department and football program work to recover from the polarizing event that triggered months of rhetoric in the state legislature, helped cripple campus finances and turned off legions of fans.
But not ESPN.
The sports network announced Friday that the 2015 Missouri football team will be honored at next month’s second annual Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards in Los Angeles presented by ESPN. The event will take place July 12 at The Conga Room at L.A. Live. Hosted by Laila Ali, the event will be featured on a 30-minute program on ESPN July 15 at 6 p.m.
The Mizzou football team will be awarded the Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Award in honor of the late ESPN broadcaster who died of cancer last year.