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Anonymous Missouri Player Says Players And Coaches Divided On Boycott: "If We Were 9-0 This Wouldn't Be Happening"

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Not every member of the Missouri football program is thrilled with the team's boycott in response to racial issues on campus. An anonymous Mizzou player tells ESPN's Brett McMurphy that the team and coaching staff is very split on the issue, and that if the Tigers had a better record, they would not be taking this course of action.

">@ESPN, MU players & coaches “are pissed (about halting football practices). If we were 9-0 this wouldn't be happening."

— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) November 9, 2015

McMurphy has more on how the team is handling the week in preparation for BYU, should the game occur.

Monday are regular off days for the football team and the coaches told the players to watch film on their own iPads and keep preparing for Saturday's game against BYU in Kansas City, the player said.

The player indicated they had been aware of Butler's hunger strike for several days. However, some black players didn't decide to take any action until Butler met with some players Saturday night.

"Not everyone agrees with the decision (to stop all football activities)," the player said. "Most people are pissed, including the black guys (on the team)."

Earlier today, the athletic department expressed support for the team's decision, and Mizzou took a team photo to show solidarity. Even so, it shouldn't come as a major surprise that this nearly-unprecedented decision does not have unanimous support within the team. It will be very interesting to see how the team proceeds as we near game day.

[ESPN]