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. Jim

    Its a shame that natural behavior is considered wrong here.

    March 3, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      You are 100% spot on, Jim. I watch the discovery channel all the time, and recently watched Lions attacking cubs that were not theirs. Bears do that too. They also produce offspring with their own kin from time to time. It's all part of nature, isn't it?

      Humans do feel the same impulses as animals, but we are expected to suppress them for the sake of a stable society.

      March 3, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. John Smitty

    Lots of other schools a talented basketball player can go to. Schools where you don't have to live in a society of oppression and you can exercise free will.

    March 3, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. JAM

    Mormons are really crazy anyway. Do you know what they believe in? Just as bad as christian scientists.

    March 3, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • JAM

      Oh and you gotta love the crazy underware!

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

      Almost as crazy as your spelling!!!!!!

      March 3, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ant

    hey he wanted the free full tuition paid for and decided to go to a morman school than obey their policies . Noone forced you to go there it's that simple

    March 3, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Anonymous

    Really, kids can't make an honest mistake, or heaven forbid, be human? You don't think God doesn't understand human nature–He created us. As long as you don't hurt your fellow man or kill another man, you're doing fine.

    March 3, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dx2718

    He had s-x with his girlfriend, according to another article. It's one thing for a moral code to dictate behaviors that affect others (cheating, drinking, swearing, etc.) but something that's between him and his girlfriend? Sorry, but that's none of BYU's business. Now, if he gets her pregnant or gives her a disease, that's a different story, but if he's not Mormon, he should only have to abide by the parts of the honor code that affect the BYU community, not those that have to do with religion.

    March 3, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      Not proven yet, but I suspect he DID get her pregnant. These things don't usually come to light unless the girl is pregnant.

      And to the others speculating about coffee and tea – a student would not get dismissed for those types of violations.

      March 3, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • LeeB

      Julie, more often these things come to light because the girlfriend's roommate walked in on them and reported it to the Honor Code Office. If she had gotten pregnant, they could have kept it quite for a little while longer, or even had a quick marriage and not much would have happened.

      March 3, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JoeT

    I confess I find the BYU honor code a bit intrustive, BUT– the player agreed to abide by it in order to play ball. Kudos to BYU for sticking with their principles (though I may disagree with the particulars) rather than seeking ephmeral glory.

    March 3, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sarah

    He probably went crazy and had a cup of tea. SCANDALOUS.

    March 3, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. conradshull

    The "Respect others" part is very subjective at BYU, I'd imagine.

    March 3, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. conradshull

    I didn't know of the ban against coffee and tea. OK, that settles it, Mormonism is whacked.

    March 3, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimmy

      Except Mormons live 8-11 years longer than everybody else, according to a UCLA study, so maybe it's not so crazy...

      March 3, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Kyle

    You are not required, or even asked for that matter, to like BYU's code. However, it is your choice as a staff member or student to go their. If you don't like their code, don't go. If you go, then you have expectations to live to.

    You make your own bed one way or with it.

    March 3, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. BRMT04

    What?! drank TEA!?!?!

    Ugh, people who drink tea disgust me.

    Regardless of what rule he broke, BYU's honor code is completely ridiculous.

    March 3, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kestrel

    I admire the honesty of Mr. Davies in admitting he violated the BYU Honor Policy (if I'm reading this article correctly)and I admire BYU for holding him to that policy even though this puts their team at a great disadvantage. It is nice to see a school that doesn't give athletes a pass on the rules just because they are part of a winning team.

    Regarding other comments towards Mormons not always living within the strict confines of their religion- of course Mormons are not perfect, and do not always live as their belief system prescribes! Nor do other Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus etc etc. We are human and prone to failure. What defines a person's character is not what they fail to achieve in terms of living a religiously righteous life, but in the honest attempt to achieve such a life in the first place. That I do not share this belief system at all (I like my coffee, tea and weekend alcohol) does not mean I must then make fun of or denigrate those who do so believe. Kudo's to this honest young man and to BYU for being consistent on its Honor Policy.

    March 3, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • LeeB

      The article said "University officials said Davies admitted violating the honor code..." If he had confesed to his bishop, it would have stayed with the bishop if it was a first-time offense. He might have gotten a game or two suspended if he confessed to a second offense. But if your girlfriend's roommate walks in on you in the act and she goes to the Honor Code Office, then they through the book at you. At least that was the way I understood it worked when I was a student at BYU. His "admitting" as described in the article sounds like he was questioned after a report was made by someone else.

      March 3, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Christian

    Didn't Jim McMahon go to BYU? How in the H E L .....

    Sorry the person posting this message has been dismissed from this universe for violation of the honor code.

    Section 6, Line 9: Do Not Swear rule has been violated.

    March 3, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trying

      I don't think Jim McMahon was a member, but he still chose to go there. Just because he may not abide by that code now doesn't mean he didn't then. Most people in the world honor those who are honarable – we simply don't all agree on what is 'right' or honorable. I'm sure Jim was an honorable student ... even though it may have been hard for him, who knows?
      He's not on trial. How do you honor your personal beliefs? Any regrets? Does the fact that those who attend BYU promise to honor their commitments bother you?

      March 3, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Aaron

    Based on the opinion of the man the school is founded in name of, he probably had a white girlfriend. That is strictly looked down upon over there I guess.

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