For the past week, a graduate student at the University of Missouri has been on a hunger strike, hoping to force the school system's president to resign his position over a perceived failure to address racist incidents on campus. Today, President Tim Wolfe announced his resignation. Read the full story :
  1. The team is the public face of the student body.
    Having students already known and respected by the community make a similar argument lowers the bar for sympathy to the cause.
  2. The team leveraged pressure on an immediate timeline.
    Next Saturday, the Missouri Tigers are scheduled to play the Brigham Young Cougars. As Saturday neared, the school was under increasing pressure to resolve the dispute as public attention to the conflict continued to grow. Butler's threat was more dire, of course, but its duration was unclear.
  3. The team's protest threatened immediate economic damage to the university
    This is perhaps the biggest issue at play. A contract between Missouri and BYU obtained by the Kansas City Star reveals that cancellation on the part of the Tigers would result in a $1 million fine to be paid to BYU within 30 days of the cancellation.
  4. There's huge long-term economic power in college football programs.
    If the Tigers do make a bowl game, the school would get some amount of money as a bonus. Last year, schools that played in even the least-known games got six-figure payouts.