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. tek4

    i don't know if i would say their honor code is "right". its a matter or interpretation and your beliefs when it comes to religion. I don't/and am not making this a post about religion.

    I understand that some players are more skilled than others in a position. But this also reflects poorly on BYU's bench. I think the key to a good team is a well rounded team. meaning a deep bench as well.

    No matter what the reason they lost, i hate when a team puts it all on one person who wasn't playing. Sorry that the rest of your team is super dependent on one person. last time i checked there were FIVE of your players on the court, not just one.

    that is all. you are welcome BYU. you got sweeped by the Lobos.


    March 3, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      "Swept"... not "sweeped". Just saying

      March 3, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • RMD

      Yeah, and two years in a row ya hosers. BYU has always had a tough time with NM. I'll actually miss you guys and the PIt. I've always liked NM basketball. Congrats on the win. Now why don't you play like that against everyone else. You friggen lost to Utah.

      March 3, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Janet in Tennessee

    If they want to boot anyone for honor violations, they could start with the Conoco seat covers.

    March 3, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jake

    You people are intolerant. It's their religion. Let them believe what they want and do what they want even if YOU think it's wrong. We are great BECAUSE of our diversity, accept it.

    March 3, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. BigT

    5.5 million in the USA because people aren't willing to live a higher standard set by the Lord. It is to hard for most people. Live it and see the blessings that come by living a higher standard.

    March 3, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • JC

      whats so bad about coffee and tea?

      March 3, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike Johnson

      Why is Mitt Romney such a opportunist that he will say anything to get elected. Why is Utah America's fraud capital. Why was the 2002 Winter Games defined by scandal? Mormons are the only religion that has the idea of "lying for the lord."

      March 3, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bacon Chief

    What happen 2 freedom? What happen if I'm not a moron and don't want 2 go 2 "church"? What if I like freaking tea?

    March 3, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • RMD

      But you are a moron. If you don't want to go to church and you want to drink tea, don't go to BYU or be a Mormon. It's pretty simple, really.

      March 3, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • MelT

      Then use the freedom that everyone has and don't go to BYU. No one made him go there. No one. Yes, Mormons do make their own choices.

      March 3, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. GoBears

    This is too funny – Jim McMahon went to BYU also and was a two time All-American (80, 81)....but I guess he kept his mouth shut on his activities or would of been kicked off the team also.....recently though....He was pulled over in Florida for drunk driving and upon being pulled over, McMahon allegedly got out of his car and said to the police, "I'm too drunk, you got me." Recently, McMahon serves as an endorser of a male enhancement product.

    March 3, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • LeeB

      Jim McMahon was known to flaunt the Honor Code and the Church leaders eventually laid down the law with the Athletic Department and Administration. There was a double standard in those days but not anymore; today athletes are treated like students, and expected to act like every other student is.

      March 3, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bacon Chief

    Sorry I spell mormon wrong. Stinking pigs 🙂

    March 3, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Vista

    I too applaud the University to upholding its standards, even when it may cost them their hard-earned ranking and subsequent post season play. Let's not forget, however, that the young New Mexico Lobo team has beaten them the last four times in the 2010 & 2011 seasons, including two stops at Marriott Center. Davies was a starter in three of those four games, and New Mexico still soundly prevailed. Well done, New Mexico.

    March 3, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • WhoLou

      New Mexico Lobos Honor Code:
      1. Let's beat these guys.

      March 3, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |

    Uhhh ... Didn't former NFL'er Jim MacMahon go to BYU? I doubt he ever violated any of those insane policies...

    March 3, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • LeeB

      see my reply to "GoBears" above about McMahon.

      March 3, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mike Johnson

    The founder of the LDS Church had two 14-year-old wives and was convicted of fraud. Utah, County were BYU is located is known as the Fraud Capital of America. Were was the most scandalous Winter Games held costing the federal government 3.2 billion dollars? Tell me about their honor code.

    March 3, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Willie12345

      I guess you don't think much of the Mormons.

      March 3, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • susan

      not everyone in utah is mormon

      March 3, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      "charged" and "convicted" are not synonymous

      March 3, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • LeeB

      About the Olympics, the bribery etc. was conducted by people who were not Mormon. Mitt Romney (a devout Mormon) stepped in to clean up the mess. And the Federal Govt puts up lots of money whenever the US hosts the Olympics- Atlanta, Los Angles, Lake Placid all got lots of Federal money.

      March 3, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Kdog

    I would hate to have gone to college in BYU. That honor code is ridiculous. I could see that in a religous grade school, but not a bunch of grown adults going to college. BYU sucks. I wonder if the professers and the dean and the president of the school follow that stupid honor code too. I bet not many.

    March 3, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • LeeB

      Actually, the president of BYU is one of the Church's highest leaders. A couple of the Apostles of the Church were in the president at BYU previously. So, yes they do take the Honor Code very seriously and live it themselves.

      March 3, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • byustudent

      The Honor Code is for all students AND faculty

      March 3, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. WhoLou

    Are they going to crucify him or something ? Where can I get tickets ?

    March 3, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Richard

    Why would any college student go to a school like BYU with all the rules they have? College is a time for experimentation, not for rules. You get enough rules when you leave college and get a job. To each their own I guess, but I don't regret experimenting with all types of things in college. I think it's made me a better all around person.

    March 3, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      There are lots of reasons someone would go to a school like BYU. I went to a typical party school in California before transferring to BYU – and I still LOVED it. It is the cleanest, loveliest campus you will ever visit. The students are happy and respectful, and after my first visit I knew I wanted to transfer.

      Plus, for someone who is Mormon, these rules are not hard – we already follow them. And Davis, is Mormon.

      March 3, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Willie12345

      Could all of this experimentation led to the spread of STDs, perhaps ??

      March 3, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. hjs3

    That's well beyond any honor code I have ever seen...
    That's a church school code plain and simple
    but presumably anyone deciding to go there knows that
    before even filling out the application.

    March 3, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jim Beam

    Silly Mormons, following some whacko's fairy tales and getting swindled out of thier money.

    March 3, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • USA

      Don't see what's so hard to understand. You call them silly, and that's your right to do so. It is also their right to choose to belong to the LDS church and to go to BYU and sign the contract. Where is the tolerance? Just because you don't agree doesn't make something silly. Is BYU's decision affecting you personally in any way? Have you been harmed by their "code of honor"?

      March 3, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim Beam

      USA, I am what you call a "recovering mormon". Unless you have been through the BS that culture/belief system has to offer/shove down your throat, you will not understand.

      March 3, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • LeeB

      Jim Beam, there is no such thing as a "recovering Mormon". Just those who decided they did not want to live the commandments. I can guess by your screen name what your vice of choice is.

      March 3, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
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