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Published: Tuesday, Sept. 24 2013 4:30 p.m. MDT

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West Jordan, UT

I think this is a good decision and direction for this team. I'm grateful to see that something matters besides the game and winning. Too often winning becomes the priority and we instead make societal losers who care only for fame and glory of winning a game instead of societal winners who have what this coaching staff want - men with character and morals. I'm looking forward to the team Union becomes after this life lesson.

Big J
Bountiful, UT

Love it. Way to go coaches! Great life lesson.

Vernal, UT

All I have to say is WOW...... Maybe this will catch on in the rest of the State. Good job Coaches and Administrators. And good job to the players that earn their way back on to the team.

Play Nice
Herriman, UT

Kudos to the parents who supported the teachers. Kudos to the administration who hired these teachers and then stood behind their decisions. Kudos to the team for recognizing there needed to be a change. Kudos to the paper for this report of an excellent example of education as it should be. Roosevelt will be better because of it.

Anchorage, Ak

Great to hear that the parents support the coach too. Life is not always fair. I am sure, many, were totally innocent but it is a team and the team lesson is way more important than a few football games.

South Jordan, UT

Well done, Coach. If all HS coaches had the guts and integrity shown here, our kids would be much better off.

Boise, ID

Outstanding. As an aside story, there is a term sometimes used in prison and among criminal types called re-spect. Not "respect" but re-spect with heavy emphasis on the "re". It means that among some in this population, authority figures are expected to act responsibly and do their jobs even if it means taking adverse action against the gang member or inmate. The lesson here is even those who at first glance might seem incorrigible are looking for stability and certainty and respect people they can't manipulate. I think the kids in this story discovered that about themselves. Some more less than others.

Cache county, USA

Whatever it takes to clean up the mess.
Good job coach.

Syracuse, UT

Nice job, coaches.

Northwest Coug
Pasco, WA

This coach is awesome. Wish there were more like him.

Beverly Hills, CA

Excellent job coach, that took some guts.

Iron Rod
Salt Lake City, UT

What a fantastic coach! We need more caring coaches like him!

Vernal Mom
Vernal, UT

Union has been our cross town rival for many, many years. I really hope this works.....it sure takes courage and guts to suspend the whole team. Please keep us posted on how things turn out, and how the players respond. I've had three sons play high school football and I am very impressed. Well done Coach Labrum.

West Point, ny


I WISH my sons coaches cared like this. All they care about is Winning. Maybe that is why they have a LOSING record.


Every decision and action has consequences.

Salt Lake City, UT

What a wonderful story! I am proud of the coach, the administators, and the parents for teaching lessons and not focusing on less important things like football games (and I LOVE football games). I'm a huge Union fan now!

Vancouver, WA

I applaud the coach for taking a stand against misconduct, no matter how minor the conduct is believed to be. Unless all 80 players engaged in misconduct, I would have to question the decision to suspend the entire team and inform players they would have to earn their privilege to play football again. More specifically, what lessons in character he wished to impart on players who may not have engaged in misconduct? Team concept? Fair enough...but the head coach and the rest of the staff are part of the team as well.

Utah Girl
Vernal, UT

Very important to learn these life lessons now, as a young man, and be able to carry the lessons into your future life. What if the young man who was bullied took his life? That would affect those who bullied, probably for the rest of their lives. Not to mention the devastation to his family. I applaud the coaches for having the courage to do this. I hope all the team, and the whole school, will benefit from this.

Orange County, CA


Salt Lake City, UT

Good Job!

All Football players need to recognize the power they have for good and bad.

If that power is abused (which I think it frequently is) then great coaches take swift action.

I will stand with these coaches all day long! Hopefully the players AND PARENTS respond appropriately and help be part of the solution.

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