Utah football coach suspends entire team

September 26, 2013 6:10:13 PM PDT
It's homecoming week for football players at one Utah high school, but instead of practicing on the gridiron, they have their nose in the books.

The varsity and junior varsity teams at Union High School were suspended after the coach received complaints about players, including cyber-bullying and poor grades. Players were given specific terms to regain their right to play, including community service and mandatory study hall.

"Hopefully, it's going to show to everybody that football is not just about playing the game," said Union HS team captain Zach Roll. "You've got to learn. And being a great person is really what all this amounts to when you get older."

The coach says he has received nothing but support from parents and the district about the suspensions. He says most team members are on track to getting back on the field in time for the homecoming game Friday.

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