High School Football Coach Suspends Entire Team

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  1. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    Matt Labrum, the head football coach at Union High School in Roosevelt, Utah, has taken the concept of character-building to a whole new level.

    Amid reports of cyberbullying and other off-the-field problems plaguing his team, Labrum suspended his entire football team—80 players in total—after a loss last Friday to Judge Memorial Catholic High School.

    According to Amy Donaldson of the Deseret News, Labrum and his entire coaching staff sat the team down and instructed them to turn in their equipment, including uniforms. He then made it clear the team would not be allowed back on the field until they proved themselves—not as players, but as human beings:

  2. TheCowboy

    TheCowboy The Teen

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    If this happened when I played I would be so angry. The AD should fire him for taking it too far
  3. AmberBeer

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  4. Eric_Boyer

    Eric_Boyer Well-Known Member

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    I have major respect for that coach.
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    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    I suspect that this was not a 1st time issue for the team, nor was it the 1st time the issue was brought up. I'd be willing to bet that the team was spoken to and that the behavior was clearly delineate as unacceptable. The article also mentions that this was not the only problem with the team. Either way, it appears as if the lesson has been learned. The team is back on the field.

    Good for that Coach and that Team. Sounds like a valuable lesson has been learned to me.
  6. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    I agree. These are kids not grown men and high school is not about football it about learning and understanding. Giving these kids a free pass is not going to help them develop into men. This action by the HC was a very good lesson to them, that every action comes with consequences.
  7. Yakuza Rich

    Yakuza Rich Well-Known Member

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    I don't know the full story, but I really like what I hear so far.

    Sports are a privilege, not a right. We used to use sports to make athletes better human beings and better in school. I remember when I was in high school you had to have a C average in *every* class or you couldn't play. And when my dad was in high school, you needed a B average in every class or you couldn't play.

    I think this is where schools and our society have missed the boat. We've allowed kids to play sports meeting the bare minimum of requirements instead of trying to raise the bar.

    I doubt this was an overreaction because what coach suspends the entire team? So kudos to this coach for not being afraid to raise the bar instead of lowering the bar like almost everybody else does.

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