On Saturday, Michael Sam made his first public appearance on the Mizzou campus since coming out as gay. At halftime of the Tennessee-Missouri basketball game, Sam came onto the court to accept the 2014 Cotton Bowl championship trophy. He received an outpouring of support from the fans in attendance.

Predictably, the Westboro Baptist church showed up at the game to protest, but Mizzou students staged a counter-protest that blocked the Westboro trolls from reaching the arena.