In case you haven’t been following the protests at the University of Missouri let me catch you up.
Students of Color made a list of demands to U of M President Wolfe. Who up to this point has been silent about the racial tensions in Ferguson and on campus.
Which was met with solidarity by many faculty and students.
Which led to President Tim Wolfe stepping down.
Let me be clear, Tim Wolfe’s resignation comes because out of the team’s 84 scholarship football players, 58 are African-American and over 30 of them made a pact to not suit up for practice or a game until this president was out.
Now it may be tempting to say that a coalition of faculty and students protesting would be enough to push out the president of a university.
But why would he step down now, when he had already silently observed a year of protests.
Well, for those of you who aren’t aware, many Division 1 schools’ academic programs are funded by their athletic program.
Yes, you read that correctly – academic institutions are funded by athletics. The revenue of NCAA football rivals that of pro sports. 87% of BCS schools’ media coverage comes from its sports teams alone.
And in the case of U of M It is estimated that $1 – 1.5 million was on the line.
This wasn’t a come to black Jesus moment for Tim Wolfe. This was 30 black men under the age of 25 threatening millions of dollars in media revenue.
That’s what unseated the most powerful figure on campus.