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GRAMBLING, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Grambling University football players have announced that they are returning back to the football field. 

In a statement released to KNOE 8 News, the football team said that they have addressed their concerns and are working with Grambling alumni and donors to secure help.

As part of an agreement for help from these individuals, the team has committed to playing again.

The statement could end a week of turmoil between the university and its football team. Players boycotted playing last week against Jackson State University.  They claimed facility problems, equipment issues, the firing of Doug Williams, and a lack of administrative support as the driving forces behind the boycott.

Naquan Smith issued the statement on behalf of the football team.

You can read the full statement here:

To Whom it may concern:

"As part of the athletic program at Grambling State University, the football team, took a stance on what we thought was right. We did not quit on our university. There are many problems that exist and if no one says anything, nothing will come of our institution. We hope Coach Eddie Robinson and his legendary players can appreciate that we stood up for what we thought was right. After coming into contact with different sources, we decided to reach out to the one person we trusted, Coach Doug Williams, with our concerns. His main statement to us was, "Go out there and play football." He also put us in contact with Jim Bernhard out of Baton Rouge. A meeting was held with Mr. Bernhard as well as, Douglas Porter, Ezil Bibbs, Roy Jackson, Henry Dyer and Howard Davis. The meeting confirmed him [Jim Bernhard] as being committed with our best intentions at heart and that he would ensure we had updated facilities, but we had to agree to being back practicing Monday, October 21 and finish the remainder of our season. Although we are going to continue our season, we have not forgotten the situation and how we've gotten here. We would like to say thank you to Coach Williams, the Legends and Mr. Jim Bernhard. Grambling has given us the opportunity to be a part of its legacy and we are only looking to improve conditions for the university and future student-athletes."

Thank You,

Naquan Smith

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