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BATON ROUGE- After some help from a businessman in Baton Rouge, the Grambling State University football team is back to practicing and the boycott is over.

Jim Bernhard, founder of the Shaw Group, promised the team their needs would be met as long as they go back to playing football. He agreed to help finance team activities if necessary.

The players were in a standoff with the university leaders over poor facility conditions, which included dirty uniforms that caused staph infections. The team was also upset about having to travel over 700 miles to a football game in Indianapolis on a bus, while the president of the university and athletic director flew to the game.

Bernhard told the players he had their best interest at heart.

"I assured them that the state of Louisiana personally would make sure they had a healthy and safe environment to work out in and change clothes in. There wouldn't be mold on equipment and mold on walls," said Bernhard.

The team was scheduled to hit the field for practice around 5:30 this evening. They're scheduled to take on Texas Southern University Saturday this Saturday at home.


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