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Published: Wednesday, Sept. 25 2013 9:35 p.m. MDT

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Farmington, UT

The coach should be "Coach of the Year," even if they lose every game.


All this hoo-hah for just five days?

Taylorsville, UT

His actions opened many eyes to thousands of schools and educators with the same attitude of team sports and team irresponsible behaviors with a thought out process and goal for the players to attain. Punishment with setting a goal for redemption.

I don't know how the coach can really make his point on an overnight timeout sit in the corner a few hours to be sufficient to accomplish the goals he set for the team and have them imbedded in their memories to last. He made a point but I don't think its going to last long enough as character builder. The threat is now gone and he can never use it again so the learning curve is shallow and short to really help them. Human behavior is not so easily transcended on a one time effort.

But on the other hand, if he sets one person on the right path, can't really complain.

The coach should avoid the national press who will take the value of the lesson and call him an unfit coach. If others want to follow his lead, let them all find their own methods and thats all the mention it needs.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Well done, Coach Labrum!

Gallatin, MO

Keep focused for you are not just making a football team, you are molding young men who WILL make a difference in your community, your State, our country, and most importantly in their own families as sons, husbands, and fathers. It's a tough world out there so tough decisions need to be made. Thanks for your example.

Provo, UT

Somebody watched a little too much Coach Carter.

Layton, UT

Reminds me of the gawking citizens portrayed in the dystopian classic the Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley, and how the people all tuned in with the Feelies to gawk any novel item.

Don't worry about the rest of the nation, Coach. Do what's right for your boys and ignore the meaningless chatter...

Bluffdale, UT

We all need a reminder once in awhile what is right and what is wrong. I guess that is what speeding tickets are for. Children are open minds for the correct path to take in life. Sounds like this experience for the football team has changed a lot of people's lives, not only here in Utah but across the nation.


This has "Disney motivational sports movie" written all over it.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

I thought about what character is, I don't know. Is is a cartoon character like Baby Hughie or a movie actor like Bruce Willis. Is it what others see me as or is it what I pretend to be. All I can think of is Good people gives good gifts. and the ultamet gift is our presents. the only gifts that I can give and still keep is my smile, my heart and my word. I think that these are more valuable than any thing money can but. Money can't buy me love. Love all I need.

orem, UT

The nation recognizes we need more character in sports and it's inspiring to see a high school program hold their athletes accountable.

Good for the coaches for holding steady with your focus. The media attention will come and go, but the lives of these boys will be effected forever.

salt lake city, UT

I applaud the coach and these young men. I also find it interesting to see the differences in how this school is being supported for suspending young men for poor behavior and the support of adult coaches who were suspended/fired at another school for poor behavior. The lessons being taught and received will be very different.

Spanish fork, UT

I think that like others have said this coach is doing the right thing.

Bountiful, UT

One week at a time is a great idea. The boys now know that their behavior will not be tolerated. If this policy is always enforced, it will be an awesome team!

Medical Lake, Washington

It would seem that the pendulum has swung the other way. When I was in high school, football players usually got a free pass -- after all, whether the team one or not reflected heavily on our school principal (I'm not sure why). As a result, our football coach was willing to do anything to win a game; including leaving an injured player in the game.

Priorities often need re-evaluation.

one old man
Ogden, UT

It's really an awful shame that people are shocked and overwhelmed by the actions of this coach and his staff. Shouldn't their actions be considered normal, every day support of proper values?

What does that tell us about the state of our nation today?

Hailstorm is a coming
Riverdale, UT

I see nothing wrong with the good and ethical motives by the coaches at Union High School. Standards and behavior issues were properly and firmly addressed. With all of the incidents of disgrace in the sports world and within the confines of our communities and nation standing up for what is right and admirable qualities is woefully lacking in today's society. Bullying another students should NEVER be considered and shrugged off as " Boys will be boys " Hopefully this incident travels throughout the nation and is adapted by coaches in other parts of our country.
Good coaching, real coaching is to build the characters of each individual involved in all sports. If not we end up with more Lance Armstrong , and others in the public eye that push the boundaries of entitlement to special treatment. Special athletic skills are in the public eye and leave strong impressions on our youth. To build a better society someone has to step forward and enforce higher standards as a positive reinforcement extending beyond the athletic field and to all students who bully , skip class, do not follow scholastic guidelines.


What an inspiration, CTR, Congratulations to The Coach and his players as well as to ALL who support this decision. Coach Labrum my respects to you and your coaching staff, "You are a MODERN HELAMAN AND YOUR PLAYERS STRIPLING WARRIORS". GREAT example. Thanks.

Salt Lake City, UT

I am so glad that the Nation is responding the way it is.

It shows that there are plenty of people who value VALUES!

Keep it up.

Lapoint, UT

Coach Carter, please! I have children who attend Union High School. Coach Labrum is more worried about building good, young men because he truly cares about them. You can't fake genuine concern and love. He holds himself to the same standards that he holds his football players to. He isn't looking for media attention, he isn't looking for worldwide popularity, he made a tough choice to change the attitude of his team. Whether you agree or not, athletes impact schools. They can be the peer pressure for good just as easily for bad. And why not try to change his team, school, and community for the better? Should he do nothing instead because someone may not agree with him? Or do nothing because he may not be able to use the same solution again? He won't have to. He has communicated his vision clearly, his foundation is set from here on. This is only the second year of him being the head coach at Union High, and I can't wait for him to be my son's football coach in the future! He is the kind of man I want to coach my son.

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