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Mizzou football team will not play in bowl game

COLUMBIA, MO (KFVS) -

Missouri Director of Athletics Mack Rhoades has decided it is not in the best interest of the football program to participate in a bowl game.

Rhoades says the university will focus on finding the right leader to replace outgoing head coach Gary Pinkel.

Pinkel announced his plans to step down and disclosed that he is battling lymphoma. He has been at Missouri for 15 seasons. Pinkel will remain as Mizzou's coach through December 31, 2015, or until a new head coach is in place.

The Tigers went 5-7 for the season, losing its final game to Arkansas on Friday, Nov. 27.

The team made headlines earlier in November when some members of the football team said they would boycott team activities until the university president stepped down. University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe resigned amid protests over race and discrimination at the university.

The Tigers played in the Citrus Bowl in 2014.

Statement from Mizzou Director of Athletics Mack Rhoades:

“Following this weekend’s football games, there have been significant discussions nationally concerning 5-7 teams participating in bowl games. After careful consideration, we have decided it is not in the best interest of our football program to seek permission from the NCAA to participate in a bowl game. Our focus remains on identifying the right leader for our program and moving forward with the transition process.”

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