HS football coach suspends team to teach character lesson

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on September 26, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 26 at 3:32 PM

A high school football coach in Utah has gotten the attention of his players, community, and people around the country after suspending the entire team to teach them a lesson about character.

The Deseret News reported that Matt Labrum, the head football coach at Union High School in Roosevelt, Utah, suspended all 80 players on his team because he and other coaches were concerned with their off-field behavior.

Labrum explained there were problems ranging from skipping classes and failing grades to cyberbullying.

Labrum told the papers, "We felt like everything was going in a direction that we didn't want our young men going."

The coach gathered everyone together after a loss last Friday and asked them to turn in their pads and uniforms. Each player was given a letter titled "Union Football Character," which explained what they needed to do to get their uniform back.

Instead of practice, players will participate in a number of activities in order to earn back their spot on the team. Players will be required to perform community service, attend study hall, and perform a service for their own family.

The school administration knew of the coaching staff's decision ahead of time and supported them. Overall, parents have also been very supportive of the move as well.

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