Missouri hunger strike: Canceling game with BYU would cost Mizzou $1M

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri would owe BYU $1 million if Saturday’s nonconference game in Kansas City, Mo. is cancelled. 

The possibility exists, CBS Sports has learned, after the football program joined a protest against Missouri’s system president, Tim Wolfe, that includes a hunger strike by student Jonathan Butler. Missouri’s players will not take place in any football-related activities until Wolfe resigns. As of Sunday, Wolfe said he has no intention to step down.

Tigers’ coach Gary Pinkel tacitly joined the movement Sunday when he tweeted: “The Mizzou Family stands as one. We are united.” 

The Missouri players joined a student group protesting Wolfe’s lax oversight of race relations on campus. 

CBS Sports was able to obtain a copy of the contract signed by both schools Nov. 11, 2014. It calls for a two-game series. Game 1 is Saturday at Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium. The return game is set to be played at BYU in 2020. 

The home team is required to pay the visitor a modest $250,000 rescheduling fee for each game. Saturday is considered a Missouri home game. 

The cancellation clauses make up the biggest part of the contract. The “defaulting party” agrees to pay $1 million to be paid no later than 30 days after the scheduled game if it’s not played within that window. 

Missouri did not practice Sunday. Tight end Jason Reese told reporters the Tigers would not practice “until this is resolved.”

Missouri football's protest began with these 32 players of color. (Twitter/Anthony Sherrils)
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Dennis Dodd has covered college football for CBS Sports since it was CBS SportsLine in 1998. He is one of only seven media members to attend all 16 BCS title games and has chronicled conference realignment... Full Bio

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