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Social media was the game-changer in Missouri football team revolt

Social media was the game-changer in Missouri football team revolt

The power of big-time, big-money, modern-day college football cannot be underestimated. That was clearly revealed Monday, when the banding together of Missouri's team — and subsequent threat of a game boycott — led to the resignation of the university's president.

As tensions teemed over the handling of racial issues on campus, the mere threat of not playing a football game changed the dynamic overnight.

Kurt Kemper, a history professor at Dakota State, e-mailed me Sunday night as the situation was unfolding.

"Does anyone else note the tremendous coincidence that Missouri's next opponent will be BYU?" Kemper asked.

He was right. It was quite a...

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