Matt Labrum, coach of Union High School in Roosevelt, Utah, had all 80 players turn in their jerseys after last week's 40-16 loss. Some players reportedly had been skipping class or had been involved in the cyberbullying of a fellow student.
“We felt like everything was going in a direction that we didn’t want our young men going,” Labrum told the Deseret News. “We felt like we needed to make a stand.”
Labrum met with players Saturday and gave them a letter outlining what they needed to do to earn their way back onto the team.
An excerpt from the letter (via Donaldson):
"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!"