Tuesday’s “Morning Joe” panel couldn’t name what former University of Missouri president Tim Wolfe did wrong that sparked the outrage among the student body that eventually forced him to resign on Monday. (RELATED: Missouri President Resigns After Football Strike)
Host Joe Scarborough and panelist Eugene Robinson, a Pulitzer Prize winning Washington Post columnist could not come up with specifics, which led Scarborough to surmise that the football team threatening to not play in their upcoming football game forced his resignation. (RELATED: Michael Sam: ‘I Did Not Experience Any Racial Issues’ At University Of Missouri [VIDEO])
“Students have a right to protest, obviously,” Scarborough explained. “I think what concerns me the most is the power of college football, the power of college sports, that once the football team said we’re not going to play on Saturday, the hell with due process, to hell with any of it. The football team wins, and this college president is thrown out, and we’re all scratching our heads going — is he a racist? Is he a bigot?”
Robinson claimed, “I haven’t been on the campus, so I don’t know, but obviously as far as the students are concerned, it’s what the administration did not do rather than what it did. There are a lot of African-American students and other minority students on that campus who obviously feel that for whatever reasons that the campus was not made to be a friendly, accepting and supportive place in the way that —”
Scarborough interrupted, “Right, Eugene. I guess what I am saying is what are those reasons? What are the specifics? I’ve been reading since this photograph was taken, looking for specifics of systemic actions that have made students feel excluded. What are the specifics?”
Robinson suggested “I don’t know what those specifics are.”
Scarborough asked, “Isn’t that troubling, Gene, that you don’t know, a Pulitzer Prize winner, this guy is run out as president of the university because the football team said we’re not going to play, and neither you nor I know reading these articles know what he did to evoke this type of response? Is this a complete failure of the national media to report?” (RELATED: Meet The Sick Mizzou Media Professor Who Threatened A Reporter With MOB VIOLENCE [VIDEO])
Robinson said, “The national media should always have done a better job at getting to the bottom of everything.” (VIDEO: Mizzou Professor Calls For ‘Muscle’ To Help Remove Reporter Covering Protests)
“But what fascinates me here is the football team,” explained Robinson. “Because these are students on the campus who have real power. They were certainly made to feel welcome on the campus. They were certainly supported on the campus. So for the football team to act essentially against self-interest, for the members of that team, some of whom, you know, they’re playing in a big-time Division I program, some of them, quite a few of them, have hopes of going on to play pro football, for them to say, supported by the coaching staff, ‘We’re not playing’ — that’s a big statement and that tells me that there’s a situation there that people felt strongly about and people felt needed to be rectified.”
Scarborough later asked, “Should a university president and a chancellor of a university be run out before there are discussions, before there is debate, before it is taken up, before there is due process?”
“Or do you just have a college football team — I mean, if a math class decided to go out on strike, they would still be there. It seems to me major academic decisions are being made by a football team. And none of us around this table can name what the president or the chancellor did to deserve being kicked out.”
Tuesday’s “Morning Joe” panel consisted of Scarborough, Robinson, Jonathan Capehart, Mike Barnicle and Willie Geist.
Capehart went as far as suggesting he was “surprised” that the president of the University stepped down.