The decision comes after players, University of Minnesota regents, Athletics Director Mark Coyle and President Eric Kaler met on multiple occasions to discuss the team’s boycott.
The team announced their boycott Thursday evening, calling on Coyle to reverse the suspensions of 10 football players investigated by the schools’ Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action in relation to an alleged Sept. 2 sexual assault.
“There are no right choices, there are no decisions that don’t affect somebody else,” senior wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky read off a prepared statement at a 9 a.m. news conference Saturday.
“Sexual harassment and violence against women, they have no place on this campus, on our team, in society, and at no time should it ever be condoned,” Wolitarsky said, adding that the team recognized a difference between a “legal threshold” and a “moral threshold.”
“After many hours of discussion within our team, and after speaking with President Kaler, it became clear that our original request of having the 10 suspensions overturned was not going to happen,” Wolitarsky read.