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. steve

    i'm all for religious nuts breeding less

    March 3, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Swede68

    I have to laugh at many comments posted. Does not all Universities have a "Honor Code" of some sort or another. I commend Mr. Davies. Let's just think for a minute that if he played for... let's say Notre Dame, and he violated their "Honor Code" would there still be this much resentment towards a school that has upheld their "Honor Code" Food for thought.

    March 3, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sandman 999

      Yes, The schools make millions off these kids. Do the players have a say in how the college spends the money?

      March 3, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • tizocg

      hey d@mmy, nobody is giving BYU a hard time for having an honor code, but for what is ON their honor code. Drinking coffee, barefoot women? really? that will get you suspended?

      March 3, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • tizocg

      Any black person who goes to BYU should chane their name to Tom. They'll be treated like family. an uncle to be exact.

      March 3, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Swede68

      Tizocg – nice to know that you think I am a d@mmy – nice comment – bajskorv. Anyone attending any school that does not like or feels they cannot adhere to that schools “honor code” then don’t go!

      Tizocg – What the what??

      March 3, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      I served a mission in Sweden, and while reading your comment I fell out of my chair laughing - bajskorv! For all you non-Swedish speakers, it literally means poop -hotdog. How awesome to see that!

      March 3, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. VenusDMilo

    While I would never personally wish to attend a University with such a policy in place, I applaud the university for holding its athletes to the same standards as the rest of the student body.

    March 3, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • tizocg

      well you are st@pid then.

      March 3, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chinshihtang

    Let the potential BYU recruit beware! As a New Mexican, I can just say, your loss is our gain. And by the way, good riddance from the Mountain West Conference.
    For BYU's future in the Pacific Conference, they might want to consider some sense of proportion in their penalties.

    March 3, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      It's actually the West Coast Conference...just sayin'...

      March 3, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      The feeling is mutual I am sure. We are tired of keeping you relevant. We are also tired of your soccer players pulling our hair and punching us in the back.
      BYU will go on to do what they do – be awesome. New Mexico will become less relevant with each passing year. By the way, you are welcome that we filled your stadiums and bought things in your town for so many years. We will not miss you, and we will not be back. Now you can be totally irrelevant.

      March 3, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      Tired of losing, are you?

      March 3, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mike

    Authoritarians will be authoritarians. Its a shame what once could have been part of the great state of California has fallen to the hands of such a theocracy. Its a crazy world we live in when Catholicism has become the liberal religion (ignoring reform Judaism, which has become an atheist religion lol!).

    March 3, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nottaway

      Nobody is forced to live in Utah. Nobody is forced to be a Mormon. Utah state government is democraticly elected and their laws are representative of what the people and their elected officials want. If you don't like the laws, you don't have to be there. In my opinion they are no different than any other region that has significant numbers which will be reflected in the type of government they elect. California has a liberal majority and so their government and laws are more liberal. The bible belt states are more conservative and so are their laws. Like the laws in California? Then live there and don't try to make everywhere else like California, for that would be undemocratic.

      March 3, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Actually, the Mormons were forced to live in Utah, or at least to leave their homeland. The communities in Illinois and Missouri kicked them out, forcing the Mormons to be relocated to what is now Utah. Mormons attempted to create the state of Deseret which would have included most of southern California, northern Arizona, and Nevada, so I tend to take Utah politics quite seriously, especially when the LDS church was one of the biggest contributors to Proposition 8.

      No where in my original post did I suggest forcibly changing the ways Mormons or the people of Utah live their lives, I was simply making a point: that land could have been part of the greatest state in the union, and instead is now home to a people who were willing to give up one of the major tenants of their belief system in order to gain political power. You want to talk about undemocratic actions? You want to talk about making other places like the place you're from? Mormons are a far better example of that than I am. Mormons can live the way they want to live, and this means that they should leave Californians and Californian issues alone as well.

      March 3, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. cvt89

    right & wrong

    black & white

    nothing wrong with a "code"/way of life based on such extremes with no middle ground...

    as long as it's applied justly and evenly in ALL cases, ALL the time...

    if not the enitre premise is undermined and laughable at best...

    March 3, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. John

    At least someone at BYU other than Jimmer can score.


    March 3, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian Coles

      Uh..... . . . .sad. . . . . but funny, I'll give you that.

      March 3, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. tizocg

    actually his honor code violation was being a black Mormon.

    March 3, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sandman 999

      We want wins not sins. Any black player at BYU should be ashamed for getting used like that!

      March 3, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nottaway

      I get so tired of people throwing the race card into anything that doesn't go the way they think it should. Regardless of whatever was quoted in the Journal of Discourses a long time ago Mormons are the least racist people I have met and I have met plenty of Mormons. When there is genuine descrimination it should be deplored and fixed. Generally, minorities have plenty of opportunity to improve their lives through hard work and education just like everyone else. I think the people that try to throw race into everything are IDIOTS!

      March 3, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dump BYU!

    So basically the "honor code" comes down to a couple of words: OBEY and CONFORM.
    He should DUMP BYU and go somewhere his talents are appreciated.

    March 3, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jerry

    Oh you silly mormons

    March 3, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mormon Tea

    Ha! The no tea clause is hilarious considering Mormons are the ones who first began drinking Mormon Tea, aka tea made from Ephedra, a naturally occurring form of "speed."

    March 3, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rick McDaniel

    That's how religion behaves......forcing others to accept their code of conduct.

    March 3, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mike

    He shoulda gone to Purdue!

    March 3, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joane Johnson

    This from a school founjded by a religion that preached for over 150 yrs that black people were meant to be slaves of white people, even after death. Go someplace else.l Oh, that's right , when it came out durin the years of the donny and marie show, they got an. gasp, dare i say it, epiphany that told them they were wrong. I wonder, are black men still not allowed to becomes elders, either?

    March 3, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anti-mormom


      March 3, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian Coles

      From what I know about the church's workings, you have a lot of perception to change, you have a lot of information to gather, and you have a lot to catch up on. Or you can just hang around with the other mono-syllabic poster who obviously knows nothing.

      March 3, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nottaway

      Black have been allowed to be elders since 1978

      March 3, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Davies Fan

    I enjoyed watching Brandon Davies all year. I don't know him personally, but he always appeared to me to be a good kid and a good representative of BYU. II wish him the very best.

    March 3, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
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