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. jmh

    The LDS church does not prohibit caffinated drinks. They may not smile upon it, but they don't prohibit EVERYTHING with the slightest trace of caffeine in it. The reason they discourage tea and coffee is because of the AMOUNT of caffeine in the products. As a rule, the church guidelines ask each member to refrain from addictive substances/behaviors, in which case coffee can prove to be addictive (whether it's bad for you or not, its an addiction, and a principle). I'm LDS, and will be the first to admit that there are people who take our beliefs to the extreme. Just like any large group of people, whether populated by race, location OR religion....there will always be those within these groups that will give face to extremism. There ARE LDS members who do BELIEVE that soda and chocolate are prohibited, but that is because thats what they want to believe. They simply take a rule or guideline and run with it. I'm sure everyone knows people like that, whether religiously affiliated or not. This type of extremism is what has caused "branches" of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to develop. There are differences though.

    It may seem silly and trivial, but the LDS church sets these guidelines to protect physical, emotional and spiritual health. BYU follows the church guidelines, and wants to promote an atmosphere not found at other schools. Get to know a Mormon, you might be pleasantly surprised. We are pretty normal people, in fact. Unless, of course, you get to know the wrong Mormon!:)

    March 3, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Carolina

    "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." – This sentence implies that BYU actually owns an honor code.

    Pro athletes have popularized drug arrests, animal abuse and/ cheating on their wives and even their own performance, BYU's honor code is hardly the problem. He knew what the rules were when he signed up
    Anyone who does not share these values is free to attend another school. He served himself and let his team down as a result.

    March 3, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. joey

    i am afraid they come from space and want to take over our planet. they seem friendly and harmless in the collared shirts and docker khakis but a reptile man from outer space who hates coffee and black people is far from friendly and harmless no matter if he wears dockers, believe you me!!!

    March 3, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. L.K.

    No one put a gun to his head to attend BYU or sign the honor code. That my friends was his chose. Unfortunately in America we don't believe anyone should be held responsible for their choses. We always want a loop hole. If he didn't want to follow the rules GO SOMEWHERE ELSE!

    March 3, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jad

    Would it have been a violation if he were married to her, even if she were only 12 years old? CNN should do an expose´ on all of the wealthy children with powerful parents in the church who violated the HC and had nothing done about it. No where does the stench of hypocrisy pervade every aspect of life more than in religious organizations.

    March 3, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. myklds

    While yours was not only flawed but likewise indecipherable.

    March 3, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Pedro

    The article writer neglected to clarify that "individuals who are not members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are also expected to maintain the same standards of conduct, except church attendance" quoting from BYU's official honor code at http://saas.byu.edu/catalog/2010-2011ucat/GeneralInfo/HonorCode.php . No need to make BYU seem like it forces everyone to attend church.

    March 3, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Alton

    WOW.....pretty stiff regs. My booklet states BYU maintains a 50,000 enrollment. Does any of'em have blood running in their veins ?? More rigid than any military life I know of. What do they do in their spare time....study ??? Whoaaaa.

    March 3, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aloisae

      That is actually the biggest benefit, from my standpoint, of a school maintaining an honor code that includes some restrictions on what are considered to be the "normal" college student activities. Even if not all of the students are rigorously following them, it creates and atmosphere that encourages studying and attending classes as opposed to rampant partying. My college's honor code wasn't quite the same as BYU's but it definitely encouraged an atmosphere that valued studying where the vast majority of the students both graduated with degrees and did so within 4 years (except for the two majors which were designed as 5 year majors) as opposed to many of my high school friends who went to state schools (or even some big name private schools) and ended up taking eight years or more to complete their degrees.. or even wasted a great deal of time and money without ever having a degree to show for it.

      March 3, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. LDS Normal Person

    This uproar is stupid. Actions have consequences. Davies should be respected for his truthfulness. BYU should be respected for sticking to standards even when it hurts their basketball program. I choose to be Mormon, you choose not to be. Why bash, why hate? You live your life, I will live mine. I didn't want to go to BYU because of all of the uniformity, but others wanted to go. Big deal! The world would be a better place with people being more true to moral standards. When did good become bad?

    March 3, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Blair

    Just to clarify what must be an editing problem....

    "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."

    Tattoos, short or form-fitting clothes are forbidden for all students, and if a man stepped onto BYU campus with bare feet, he'd also be violating the Honor Code.

    Really, this poor editing makes the University sound completely ridiculous. Bare feet only forbidden for women. It's scoff-worthy.

    March 3, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • rebel without a cause

      I have to admit after reading all of these responses about the BYU Honor code and how BYU is trying to portray their glorious image. I have to say that I am surely glad that I don't attend school there. I don't need a school to tell me what to do or how to think. I really think the beard and mustache rule is plainly ridiculous because what is so wrong with a beard or mustache.

      March 3, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Oregonian

    Shame on this young man for violating the honor code ... did he only sleep with one woman (of age) instead of taking multiple wives?

    March 3, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. noemi

    First of mormons aren't a religon it's a cult.they point out everyone elSe and never at what they do .they spend all day sunday in church.do to the fact it takes all day to pass around the bread that they eat so they can continue to lie,cheat,steal and sleep with the sisters,brothers. They hate anyone of color but,there holly underwear keeps them from being judged by people who aren't in there cult.the only resone they allow different races into there cult is because there gene pool is so dirty. Most can't have normal kids.there a bunch of bigots.

    March 3, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. noemi

    Can we the American afford to have our country run by a bigot ,holy underwear two faced mormon?that romney will try And run our country like they run the cult they belong to.

    March 3, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. patinreno

    This from a church that was founded by a son-man. And BYU a school named after a man who had mulitable wives and a church that allow's old men to force girls of 14 to marry and breed. Give me a break this is not a church this is a cathouse.

    March 3, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. noemi

    Was thiS kid caught with some white girl,or maybe 2? And they are not A religon they are a cult.they only let outsiders see what they want u to see.there is a book that is called me my mom and the mormon church read it then keep passing it on.

    March 3, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wow

      Sounds like someone is bitter. Hate only perpetuates hate.

      March 3, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
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