Brandon Davies, who was suspended from the Brigham Young Cougars basketball team last week for an honor code violation, sat with his team for the last regular season game against Wyoming this weekend.
And the crowd went wild.
Davies was allowed to sit on the bench Saturday with his teammates, and about 5,000 students chanted “We love Brandon!” and “We love Davies” before the game and during timeouts, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.
After the game, during which No. 3 BYU clinched a conference title, the street-clothes-clad sophomore forward climbed up the ladder to help cut down the net. “Davies! Davies!” the crowd roared.
Coach Dave Rose told the newspaper he felt it was a good idea for Davies to attend the game. Seniors Jimmer Fredette and Jackson Emery concurred.
“He’s like a brother to us, and we’ve had a lot of good times together. He’s been here two years with us, and he’s a huge part of this team. To have him on the sideline feels right. It feels right to have him there with us, enjoying this moment, instead of him not being there,” Fredette told The Tribune.
The university’s honor code, which must be signed by anyone attending BYU, states students must “live a chaste and virtuous life,” among other provisions. Davies was suspended for having premarital sex, according to several sources who spoke to The Tribune.
BYU was dismantled 82-64 by unranked New Mexico in its first game following the suspension of its 6-foot-9 forward.
Though the Cougars were ranked No. 3 and appeared on track to earning a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament later this month, they are expected to fall in this week’s rankings, which will be released Monday afternoon.