School athletes, especially football and basketball players, at all levels, often seem to think that they are above their classmates–and deserve special privileges. But, Matt Labrum has accomplished something that, I believe, no one else has ever done in American Sports. Michelle Kaufman’s article, in the Miami Herald, is as follows: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/10/09/v-print/3678310/michelle-kaufman-prep-coachs-bold.html.
Mr. Labrum is the football coach at Union High School, in Roosevelt, Utah. He reviewed the various off-field activities of his players and noticed that they were rude, arrogant, skipping class and even a few were cyber-bullying. Apparently, Coach Labrum figured that these guys needed to be sent a message; because, most would hang-up their cleats for good after high school or, for a few, after college. Now was the time that their priorities needed to be put into proper order–and, he took action.
Mr. Labrum fired his entire Team. He did, however, provide them with a program to earn their jerseys back, and their actions had to be documented. He left the players with the question to be answered, by their actions: do you really want to play on this Team–show it!