No. 3 BYU loses after dismissing player for honor code violation
Brigham Young University center Brandon Davies has been suspended for the rest of the season.
March 3rd, 2011
11:11 AM ET

No. 3 BYU loses after dismissing player for honor code violation

Sticking to principles appears to carry a steep cost for the nation's third-ranked college basketball team.

A day after Brigham Young University dismissed center Brandon Davies from the team for violating the school's strict honor code, the No. 3-ranked Cougars were throttled Wednesday by unranked New Mexico.

"The honor code really reflects who we are as a university. It defines us and it does make us different," BYU spokeswoman Carrie Jenkins told CNN affiliate KSTU-TV.

Davies, a 6-9 sophomore from Provo, was the team's top rebounder and third-leading scorer. He received the Cougars' Academic Excellence award last season, according to an online profile.

BYU had been gunning for a high seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament, but the team's fortunes took a tumble with Wednesday night's 82-64 loss to New Mexico.

University officials said Davies admitted violating the honor code at BYU, which is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon Church.

The honor code requires all faculty, staff and students to:

  • Be honest;
  • Live a chaste and virtuous life;
  • Obey the law and all campus policies;
  • Use clean language;
  • Respect others;
  • Abstain from alcoholic beverages, tobacco, tea, coffee and substance abuse;
  • Participate regularly in church services;
  • Observe dress and grooming standards;
  • Encourage others in their commitment to comply with the honor code.

The code forbids homosexual behavior and bars members of the opposite sex from going beyond the lobby of the school's single-sex dormitories.

The dress and grooming standards forbid beards, tattoos and piercings for men and short or form-fitting clothes or bare feet in public for women.

The university did not say which part of the code Davies violated, but it did say he had not committed a crime. Davies' future as a student at BYU and his status for next season have yet to be determined.

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  1. Not Children

    No univercity should be making moral decisions for adult students. People go to college to learn to be adults. If a univercity enforces it's morals on a student, the student has lost his or her individual spiritial rights and his or her chance to be an adult on his or her own terms. This type of thing is between the adult and God, not the univercity and God. BYU needs to get off it's high horse and play ball.

    March 4, 2011 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
    • ea

      Your comment would be better received if you had spelled "university" correctly.

      March 4, 2011 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
    • kline

      spell words incorrectly all you want–it's the incorrect ideas that deserve our attention. All colleges and universities have rules. Private universities have rules informed by their private organization–in this case a church. BYU turns down thousands of students every year because of capacity issues. Clearly there are pleanty of bright, young people wanting to sign the honor code. I'm thankful to live in a world where standards mean something and people deny their immediate gratification for the collective, long-term, best interest.

      March 4, 2011 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      If you do not like the honor system then do not attend that school. They are not twisting your arm and making you attend. I have a lot of different views and beliefs than the LDS church and will admit that I did not know a lot about them until I had the chance to live and work in an LDS community. I have nothing but good things to say about all of their outreach programs for kids after school. BYU is a great University and if you do not like the way they conduct business then go somewhere else and leave them alone.

      March 4, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. NoodleHat

    Rednecks and religious nuts should be sent to the funny farm.

    March 4, 2011 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Yellow Cat

      NoodleHat, I'm curious: what IS a redneck, exactly? I live in the so-called Redneck Riveria, down in South Texas: I have 15 or so firearms, but I don't hunt, just target shoot; I have a college education and belong to Mensa; I live in what you would call a "trailer house", but which we call a mobile home – it sits on 2 acres of wooded land and we don't have nearby neighbors (heaven, except when it has to be mowed!); I'm not a member of any religion and I'm politically moderate; and – this is the most damning part, IMO – I sit on my back porch, drink beer, and shoot yellow jackets with a BB gun. Am I a redneck, according to the Wisdom of NoodleHat? Am I ready for the funny farm, or might extensive therapy allow me to avoid that fate?

      March 4, 2011 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      @Yellow Cat – depends... got any cars up on blocks in the front yard?

      March 4, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. Chris

    I do not and will not associate with any organization that is intolerant to individual liberties. Find them out of line, disrespectful, and find the conduct of the policies dishonorable and fail to meet the standards in a free society.

    March 4, 2011 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Drew

      The students at BYU know what they are getting into when they decide to attend. THEY are exercising their free will to choose this university, knowing full well what will be expected of them. If a student is unwilling to abide by this private university's rules, they can choose to go somewhere else.

      March 4, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
    • bluewhale

      When I went to the University of Virginia, we had a simple honor code: we will not lie, cheat, or steal, and won't tolerate anyone who does. If reported to a student run committee that found you were in violation, you had 24 hours to leave the school never to return as a student. You can call this imposing morality if you want, but do you propose a University condoning cheating? I had the luxury of leaving the classroom with my test and filling it out under a tree and returning it at the end of the class period. I could cash a check in town using only my Student ID.

      March 4, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  4. Your Panties Inna Wad

    Aw, GeezUs H. Crappies.

    March 4, 2011 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. GP

    Spending over $10 million dollars (hello LDS church) for anti-gay marriage is one of the most immoral acts of our generation. I personally know that $10 million could have been spent on cancer research, helping to save lives instead of denying other human beings the right to marry who they want. I think the entire BYU campus should be banned from the NCAA all together, based on poor ethics alone.

    March 4, 2011 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
  6. SRK

    Am I wrong? But it seems to me that the school could do a better job of protecting the student. I think they could have enforced this same ruling without choosing to talk about it to the media. Do all the students agree that when they violate the honor code the school can choose publicize it? I know they haven't stated what part of the code the student has broken, but do they need to make any comment to the media at all? Can't they simply say, we choose not to discuss talk about our students status with the media. Seems like BYU has done a good job of giving themselves a pat on the back as a school that holds there students to their honor code at the expense of one student athelete.

    March 4, 2011 at 5:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Janell

      Good Point! If I was humiliated publicy and my personal and private sins made public, my feelings about the church would definitely change.

      March 7, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Gary

    BYU doesn't understand that Brandon Davis prayed about it seeking god in the woods when he saw a vision of a naked woman. Minutes later two approaching angles told him it was OK and that God would lead him to another colloge where he would play basketball and populate the earth. He has not disclosed the name for the new religion but will come out shortly.

    March 4, 2011 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      Pretty sure you meant "angels" but I still lol'd...

      March 4, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  8. jimbob

    Clearly he didn't read the honor code because el baloney didn't give him any translating spectacles...

    March 4, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  9. Dave Seattle wa

    I'm surprised no one has brought up the fact that Pepsi Co is part owned by the church. So they serve caffeine to millions yet ban it from students under the idea it is dishonorable. That seems hypocritical.

    March 4, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave Seattle wa

      At the same time I believe they did the right thing in suspending the student, if only they followed those rules themselves.

      March 4, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Janell

    It's the least of what goes on at BYU behind the scenes. It's a shame he got caught and made an example of. If all the violations occurring by thousands of students every day in one form or another were made public and similar punishments enforced, the campus would probably implode on itself.

    March 7, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
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