SEC softball team protesting athletic director


USA TODAY Sports
5:13 p.m. EDT May 7, 2016

Missouri’s softball team has launched a protest against athletics director Mack Rhoades and the athletic administration, according to the Columbia Daily Tribune.

Players released a statement before playing a game Saturday, under protest, at home against South Carolina.

“The Missouri athletic department is conducting a wholly unsubstantiated investigation of our softball program and the softball coaching staff,” the statement reads. “The softball players support and love our coaching staff, and we wonder why this black cloud is being put over our program intentionally by Mizzou AD Mack Rhoades.”

This protest comes six months after the football team threatened not to play a game because of racial strife on campus. The football team acted in solidarity with Concerned Student 1950’s push to have then-UM System President Tim Wolfe ousted.

Wolfe resigned, along with Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin, and the boycott ended.

When asked last week by The Tribune whether he might not return next season, coach Ehren Earleywine said, “I can neither confirm nor deny it,” and…

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