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. drinky

    The real question is why would anyone seriously consider going to this place??? You drank tea?!?!?!?! GET THEE TO A NUNNERY!!!!!

    March 3, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • OvernOut

      Don't drag Catholics into this, some of my favorite beverages are made–or distilled–or brewed–by the good Brothers!

      March 3, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Scammer

    how the heck did Jim McMahon ever make it through BYU??????????????????????? WOW!!!!!!!

    March 3, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Willie12345

      May be, just may be he lied.

      March 3, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Observer

    So, is a temporary tatoo an abomination? Soda is OK, but not iced tea. Codes are funny things. They're certainly admirable, but I would never want to be subjected to someone else's interpretation of a word like "chaste". Laws are well defined; codes not so much.

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

    Dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb

    March 3, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Itlyboy

      I want to see the musical!!!!

      March 3, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BYwho

    Mormonism, BYU and Provo, UT are a joke. Jello anyone?

    March 3, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. JasonInAtlanta

    That school sounds like a barrel of fun.

    March 3, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Linden Pike

    I guess we can't ever go a full year without Mormon Fundamentalists reminding us just how friggin crazy they are.

    March 3, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Hey

    I'm impressed that Davies came forward on his own, that can be hard to do. Even though he was booted this season, he can come back as long as he complies with the honor code again. See the story of Reno Mahe from BYU Football:

    March 3, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dx2718

    Also, I'm sure lots of the Mormon students are doing "it" but aren't honest enough to admit to it. His mistake was abiding by the rest of the honor code!

    March 3, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. SAT27

    He was well aware of the expectation when he signed on at BYU. Individuals are able to abide by these expectations, ALL the time. I applaud that exceptions are not made for individuals–people can live lives with morals and values. Especially when they expected to. He knew that.

    March 3, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. objim

    it's curious that this fit of honor came immediately AFTER the game against San Diego State...

    March 3, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Barbara

    I find it interesting how we want people to live up to what they say they will do and when they voluntarily admit they have broken a rule, we just want to forget about it all and sweep it under the rug never allowing the person who made a mistake to change their lives and set an example. Instead, we have people who make fun of them and/or their school and in this case, their religion. We all need to look in the mirror and decide for ourselves what we want because children are looking at us and modeling their lives after us and the cycle continues. We should be applauding the fact that here is a true story where the person admits what he did wrong full knowing what the consequences would be and yet did the right thing. I think this is called intergrity. An amazing virtue that we don't hear about very much about in the news anymore. I applaud his honesty and BYU's consistency.

    March 3, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Not the real story

    I'm sure this story has nothing to do with the "Honor Code"... there is something else going on here. We'll hear about in a few days. Sad for BYU, they lost a good player.

    March 3, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Legal Eagle

    Serious? 8th ranked league... yes! But your ignorance is obvious since they are still ranked #3 by the same people who rank ALL LEAGUES! They are [were] a great team.
    As a BYU graduate, (undergrad and J.D. Grad) I am disgusted at the schools HONOR CODE POLICY, only because of the unfair and selective application of punishment of said policy.
    (BTW, yes I'm an active current Temple Recommend carrying member)
    The administration has huge discrepancy as to punishment i.e. suspension, academic probation, expulsion, and many other options. Yet, the school has shown selective prejudice and preferential treatment when handing down punishments.

    March 3, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ebby

    Where do they find players with no tatoos?

    March 3, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
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