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. Scott

    I thought forbidding women from having bare feet in public certainly sounded over the top. If you click the honor code link there and read it, the rule is that both women AND men must "wear shoes on campus." Pretty much the same rule as your local convenience store, but that doesn't sound nearly controversial enough does it CNN?

    March 3, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Amber

    The honor code is ridiculous. If you don't go to church for a few weeks, you're in violation. If you grow a beard, violation. If you have a cup of decaf, violation. What happened to free will? BYU has ridiculously high standards that make the students feel like they are going to hell if they say the word hell.

    March 3, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • peterv43

      @amber...free willl.....there's also free won't; it's called self-responsibility and self-management

      March 3, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • byustudent

      @amber: if you don't like it, don't go to BYU

      March 3, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyle

      Amber, it takes free will to sign the Honor Code. Just as you are likely to sign something when you get a job. There are rules. If you don't follow them, you break the contract.

      March 3, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amber

      a beard!??! self-responsibility and self-management? really.
      byustudent – I didn't go to BYU, even after the 18 year brainwashing – I used my brain and made good decisions. Believe it or not, Mormons aren't the only "good and decent people" despite what you are fed on a daily basis.

      March 3, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jannie

      Oh, I see Amber....because you are an angry ex-Mormon and can't move on with your life, "The honor code is ridiculous." Makes complete sense.

      March 3, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • byustudent

      @amber: I have absolutely no illusions to the fact that there are good people all around the world, regardless of religion. And I also know that there are bad Mormons out there too–at BYU even. I'm not sure where you got the impression that I think that BYU students or Mormons in general are better or more righteous. People are people, there are good ones and bad ones everywhere.

      March 3, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyle

      Amber: Good for you using your free will to go somewhere else. Others use their free will to attend. I don't know who told you that people that are not Mormons are not descent. That's too bad... My closest friends growing up were not Mormons, and my parents and Church leaders approved of them.

      As for the beards, oh well. I agreed to it when I signed it. You won't get kicked out on the first violation, and teachers have been pretty understanding on those days that I woke up late and had to rush to class. I missed a day here and there, and I never got even a comment on it.

      It's not a "no-tolerance" society. Notice that Davies is still enrolled at the school.

      March 3, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Smitty

      Religion doesn't allow for freewill. It is one of the most basic failings of religion.

      March 3, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. EVANS

    BYU is still in the stone AGE!! Come on people doing something that comes naturally at this age!! Can they really help that there hormones are RAGING?? Ridiculous!! COME INTO REALITY BYU!!

    March 3, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spearwielder

      If you're speaking about beasts, the answer is "no."

      If you're speaking about a human being, the answer is "yes."

      Easy, huh?

      March 3, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      I wasn't aware that living with honor and values has gone out of style.....perhaps they're not your own values and honor, but sticking to good principles are in short supply....I can't think of any other school that would kick out a top player on a championship contending team. Good for BYU and good for sticking to your principles.

      March 3, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. cornea503

    Don't know what this guy did but who in the world would want to go that stupid school? Can you imagine getting booted off the team for drinking coffee or tea? That's gotta be the lamest school in the country to go to.

    March 3, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      This is the biggest misconception out there. You would NOT get booted off the team for drinking coffee or tea.

      Articles like this one cite the entire honor code, but students are only dismissed for serious violations. Drug or alcohol use, yes, but coffee or tea, NO.

      March 3, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JC

    reason why mitt romeny wont be president

    March 3, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Mitt Romney won't be president because of ignorant stereotypes. Instead of his being a republican which should be enough. BTW I am "Mormon" and would never vote for Mitt. Nothing to do with his religion though.

      March 3, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • MtheK

      I'm LDS and I won't vote for Romney for the mere fact that I don't agree with his politics. Believe it or not, there are Mormons out there who aren't conservative or Republican...

      March 3, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • OvernOut

      No Romney will ever carry the state of Michigan. We still have not-so-fond memories of his dad, and most of that goofy clan still lives here.

      March 3, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. JC

    sorry typo mitt romney*

    March 3, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JNO

    The COLDS is a joke to begin with so garbage in = garbage out. I wish I could "applaud" them but their foundation is too ridiculous.

    March 3, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JW

    Two words: Mental Lying.

    March 3, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Zeke2112

    Hilarious. Good for him – I hope he's free to live a normal life now, free from this moronic and draconian "code" of control. We'd gladly take him at Michigan State.

    March 3, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • JC

      there is a reason why there are only 5.5 million mormons in usa

      March 3, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Johnson

    Suspension for a game or two would have accomplished a lot more than a suspension for the rest of the year...In my humble opinion the punishment does not fit the crime.

    March 3, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Aezel

    That player should thank his lucky stars! He's out, into the real world and safe from the brain washing machine that is BYU. Their "honor code" reads like right wing religious propaganda.

    March 3, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr Ram

      It IS right wing religious propaganda. But the fact remains, he signed the agreement, he should live up to it. A person's word should mean something.

      March 3, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. W247

    No bare feet in public.. what in the world does that have to do with anything? Is a glimpse of our toes too tempting? And Beards? Why not beards? What is the reasoning behind some of these codes? I can understand alcohol, but tea and coffee?

    March 3, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • BYUGrad

      Tea and coffee is banned because of the sponsoring LDS church's teachings. It's not "random."

      March 3, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • BYUGrad

      Make that "tea and coffee ARE." Sorry, I have a sick, little one screaming...

      March 3, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • MtheK

      I agree with you on the bare feet and the beards. They are kind of weird. However, the church likes to project an image of clean-cut modesty.

      My personal belief is that the beard policy should be dispensed with. Every president of the LDS Church from Brigham Young up to George Albert Smith wore a beard. Beards used to be a very "in" thing amongst LDS men. In order to wear a beard now at BYU, you have to have a "beard card." This is sort of a permit to wear a beard if one has severe facial blemishes. It is kind of silly, in my opinion...

      March 3, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • jim

      Soda was also included in the honor code until the church bought a large portion of stock in a soda company. Honor is flexible, apparently.

      March 3, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • SillyThread

      Jesus himself had a beard. No?

      March 3, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • s.per

      the yankees cant have beards either , why not pick on their code too while your at it?

      March 3, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Trav202

    I thinnk it's unfortunate that this happened but that it shows integrity on both the player and the team's part with their decision. I just hope that he is given the chance to redeem himself if he wants and come back and play next year.

    March 3, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Recovering Mormon

    These people are CRAZY... And it's not a real choice for the youngsters attending BYU: they generally come from fully brainwashed families and feel tremendous social pressure to go to BYU and to the two-year "indoctrination mission". But the most painful element in all this is that the Mormon doctrine is fundamentally based on a hoax from Joseph Smith.

    March 3, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim Beam

      I hear you, I was raised in that lunacy and agree wholeheartedly in regards to the, brainwashing, endless monitoring, hippocrasy and continuous questions about whether or not you masterbate. It took me a good 10 years to realize the hell that church truly is and that there was nothing wrong with me. Many of the rituals they have/perform are directly/heavily based on masonic ritual. Not that its a bad thing, it just means they copied it.....

      March 3, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Nick

    Mormonism. Just a step above Scientology.

    March 3, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Smitty

      Not really a step above. More like a step to the side. both mormonism and scientology are silly and stupid.

      March 3, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • WhoLou

      The Mo's have a better choir.

      March 3, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
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