Last week, mainstream news outlets erupted with stories about student protests at the University of Missouri. The University was founded in 1839 but didn’t admit Black students until 1950 when the University was “fully integrated.” Today, the roughly 35,000 students have found themselves at the center of a major push for cultural and administrative change on campus following reports of racism toward Black students on the main, predominantly white Columbia campus. Here are some of th key facts you need to know.
It turns out that Georgia star running back and Heisman Award candidate Todd Gurley was wrongfully accused of assault at a campus bar early Sunday morning.
Athens-Clarke County police confirmed that the puncher was actually a white man.
Michael Sam, the first openly gay football player drafted to the NFL, was cut by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday.
The move came as teams in the league reduced their roster to 53 players.
One of two teens convicted in the explosive rape case in Steubenville, Ohio is back on the team.
Ma’lik Richmond practiced with the team Monday as a wide receiver.
According to a recent poll, 44 out of 51 NFL players said they would be okay with having a gay teammate.
ESPN.com’s NFL Nation and ESPN The Magazine released the findings of the anonymous survey on the heels of Former Missouri football player and NFL prospect Michael Sam’s announcement that he was gay.
Hundreds of University of Missouri students, administrators and Columbia residents gathered along Faurot Field Saturday in support of former MU Football player Michael Sam on Saturday.
Sam recently came out last week, and a group from Kansas was scheduled to protest the move.
Michael Sam, a defensive end for the University of Missouri, may become the first openly gay player in the NFL.
The SEC co-Defensive Player of the Year announced that he is gay just before the NFL combine is scheduled to begin. He told his teammates last August.
Yesterday, Florida State University won the college football’s national championship, coming from behind to beat Auburn University. Jameis Winston, who recently won the Heisman Trophy, took home MVP honors after the game.
During Winston’s post-game interview, Dee Dee Bonner, the mother of University of Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron, took to Twitter to ask a question about the interview.
“Am I listening to English?”, Bonner tweeted.
Football’s 2014 Bowl Championship Series (BCS) is just a few weeks away, and while some of the series’ Black players are stars on the field, many are failing in the classroom.
According to a report released by the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education, based on six-year graduation rates at the 10 schools, at least half of Black players taking the to field in a BCS game will not graduate.
Everyone’s familiar with Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin’s claims that teammate Richie Incognito harassed and bullied him. Now a Massachusetts high school football team has canceled the rest of their season due to similar allegations.
Lunenburg High School decided to take action after multiple accounts of racism towards one of its players and players on opposing teams.
It’s an autumn Thursday, which means of course, that there will be football played somewhere. This evening, Miles College and Lane College will square off in a Division II football game.
And get this: this will be the first college football game officiated by a majority women crew.
The crew, headed by Yvonda Lewis, is comprised of Krystle Apellaniz, Sabrina Brunson and Tangela Mitchell who will serve as line judge, back judge and field judge respectively.
Grambling State University football players have decided to end their protest. The week-long boycott, which included the entire team missing a game against Jackson State, began after players felt that the school’s administration wasn’t taking their concerns seriously.
Until the administration addressed the way the team traveled, and well as subpar training facilities, not one member practiced.
“players decided end the boycott after reaching out to several Grambling greats, including former coach Doug Williams, who advised them to, “Go out there and play football.”
We’re on the cusp of October and thus fully entrenched in fall and the NFL season. Although it cannot be called America’s pastime, that designation belongs to baseball, football is America’s game. It’s the country’s most popular sport, and in many ways is analogous to and signals the contradiction of the society from which it spawns. Football is both homoerotic and homosocial; the professional teams, with their profit-sharing and equal salary caps (unlike baseball) makes the financial setup almost communist; and there’s a kind of anonymity to the game–the helmets and the number of participants make most players unknowns to the most casual fans–which seems odd given this society’s emphasis on individuality. And yet, football is very much like the United States. Like most sports, it works on the plantation economy model; as we have increased our military presence, football has become more popular; it’s violent; it’s an incredibly conservative sport; it presents a narrow vision of masculinity and toughness; it’s least popular workers are the ones who are paid the least and the most vulnerable to serious injury. And, the team that represents the nation’s capital possesses a racist nickname and a (black) quarterback who won’t say anything about it.