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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A high school football coach in Utah suspended all 80 of his players for misconduct, and local coaches and athletes say they agree with the decision. 

Coach Matt Labrum at Union High School in Roosevelt, Utah,  said some of his players were cyber-bulling, and others weren't doing well in the classroom. 

To fix the problem, he suspended his entire team and made his players complete a checklist to get back on the team by Friday's game. 

Players have to complete a service project and write a report about it, memorize a quote about character, and not have any disciplinary issues for the week, to get back on the team. 

WFMY News 2 stopped by practice at Ragsdale High School Thursday to see what some of our coaches and players think about the suspension. 

"Stuff like that, you shouldn't be doing - especially as a football player," said junior linebacker Bryce Walker. "You should be a leader, follow the coach's rules, be a leader in the classroom, the field and everything else follows." 

Coach Tommy Norwood says one of a coach's biggest responsibilities is developing athletes off the field. 

"In the four years that they're here, if we don't make them better people, then we failed them in some way," said Norwood. "It doesn't matter how good a football player it is, it's how good a person they are."

Coach Norwood says he and his coaches host study halls and bring in speakers to help their players develop into positive role models. 

WFMY News 2/ USA TODAY

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