Have you ever seen the movie, ‘Coach Carter’? Do you remember when the coach suspends his undefeated team for an unspecified time period because none of the players met the grade requirements that Ken Carter set before the season started? Well, a similar action is being taken by Utah’s Union High School head football coach, Matt Labrum, who has suspended his entire football for ‘lack of character’.
Yes, the coach suspended all 80 players on the team and will likely earn some respect from coaches and parents around the country for his action. He suspended all 80 players on Saturday, following the team’s 40-16 loss. No, they weren’t being suspended for playing terrible football, they were penalized for their actions off the field.
What could they do that made the coach suspend the entire team instead of just a few players? How about cyber-bullying, poor grades and lackluster attendance in school.
Labrum sent a letter to his players describing the reason for the suspension. Here’s an excerpt:
The lack of character we are showing off the field is outshining what we are achieving on the field. It is a privilege to play this wonderful game! We must earn the opportunity to have the honor to put on our high school jerseys each Thursday and Friday night!
It’s obvious that this coach cares more about the well-being and growth of his young athletes and young men more than he cares about winning. This is a rare trait in coaches and Labrum obviously saw something wrong in his team and wanted to fix it before moving forward on the football field.
Stellar move, Coach Labrum.