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Marcell Frazier #16 of the Missouri Tigers in action against the Connecticut Huskies at Memorial Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Tim Wolfe, president of the University of Missouri, announced in a Monday news conference that he was resigning from his post amid a controversy regarding race relations at the school.

Wolfe faced a walkout by faculty and a strike by football players who said he had done too little to combat racism on campus.

“I am resigning as president of the University Missouri system,” he said. “My motivation in making this decision comes from a love of Columbia where I grew up and the state of Missouri. I thought and prayed over this decision;. It is the right thing to do. … The frustration and anger I see is real and I don’t doubt it for a second.”

Students began protesting at the university on Sept. 24 and the increasingly tense situation began receiving national attention.

More than 30 members of Missouri’s football team announced Saturday that they would no longer take part in football-related activities if Wolfe remained president. Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel canceled practiced on Sunday and wrote on Twitter that he supported the team.