COLLEGE FOOTBALL / DAILY REPORT : CAL STATE FULLERTON : Titans Call Off Their Boycott

Cal State Fullerton football players have backed down from their threat of boycotting the Oct. 17 game at Southwestern Louisiana, team representatives said.

"We all want to play, and we can't fight fire with fire," said senior linebacker John Haynes, who acted as a team spokesman along with senior tight end Robert Bedford. "After Saturday's game (at San Jose State) we'll be preparing for Southwestern Louisiana. We won't boycott the game."

Team members are still planning to meet with School President Milton A. Gordon Monday to discuss concerns about the future of the football program. Many players are worried their scholarships won't be honored if the school drops football or downgrades it to the Division I-AA level.

NCAA rules state that financial aid shall not be awarded in excess of one academic year, but virtually all recruits are promised that they will be on scholarship until their eligibility runs out as long as they remain in good athletic and academic standing.

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