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. Publius 13

    Get a grip. From my observation of big-time college sports (and mid-sized and small college sports) the term "honor" has no place in the discussion. Let's stop beating around the bush. College football and basketball, and to a somewhat lesser extent baseball and hockey, are player development systems for the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL, respectively. College athletes have very little connection to education. The days of the "scholar-athlete" are long gone.

    March 3, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Willie12345

    Oh, that the NFL had such convictions !!!!

    March 3, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. WhatThe

    Restricting men from getting piercings is just one of the many reasons I am no longer Mormon. Honestly if its ok for a woman to have her ears pierced why should it be any different for a man?

    March 3, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Daniel

    There are many comments made here which show that many are misinformed. Let me inform and clarify for many of you:

    Fact: Many people "Break" the Honor Code at BYU. However, Brandon Davies didn't just swear or miss church. In those cases, he would have been helped to overcome the situation. He had to have done something more significant.

    Fact: Any other BYU student would also receive the same or similar disciplinary action in the same situation. If you don't believe me it's probably because you aren't familiar with the Mormon community.

    Fact: A high percentage of BYU students (probably in 80s or 90s, by the way, I think that's a very conservative estimate) actually DO live the Honor Code. For those who think otherwise need to actually spend a week or two on campus and will quickly see that this is the case. Again, if you don't believe me, it's because you aren't familiar with the Mormon community. Sure, there are some who don't and some who get away with it, but these are the exceptions.

    Davies admitted to breaking the Honor Code. I think that shows his integrity here and that he's trying to overcome the situation even though his former action probably didn't show integrity.
    Fact: Whatever mistake he made does not condemn him and probably won't even expel him from the university. He will most likely receive guidance and assistance in staying at the University and even staying on the team (next season of course).

    In a time when many sports athletes are given special privilege and have less accountability, I find it refreshing that BYU sticks to its core beliefs, no matter the consequence to the team. I applaud them for their decision and hope that other Universities will see that there are more important things than sports, winning, money, and fame. Integrity is certainly one of those things and I think that's the message here.

    March 3, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • WhatThe

      So your blinded by faith too? I used to live in Provo and let me tell you Ive been to colege parties and BYU students are no different than any other college student except that they hide their "sins" a little better than the rest. They drink smoke and have "adultery" with the worst of them.

      March 3, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gomer Pyle

      @WhatThe. So because you saw a few people violating the honor code you figure all BYU students do? Faulty logic. I attended BYU for undergraduate and graduate school (six years) and did none of these things. Nor, to my knowledge, did anyone I knew. There are always exception to every rule. Usually the exceptions are in the minority.

      March 3, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • nomoremoeslies

      Ya know why you have to bring two Mormon friends fishing and never just one? If ya bring one LDSer fishing, he will drink all your beer!

      March 3, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Matt Volkell

    Brandon needs to sit down, reflect upon his transgression, and have a beer.

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

    I find it hysterical that BYU allows their football players to have tattoos, and yet somehow, they are never thrown off the team.

    March 3, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill92395

      ... its not having a tattoo, its getting a tattoo. Once you are attending the school. Also, it would be expected that in your daily attire that you do your best to cover the tattoo. The issue with tattoos is not a statement against tattoos but a statement of health for the body.

      March 3, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Andrea M

    While I don't agree with a lot of BYUs Honor Code (damn it, I need my coffee) I absolutely applaud them for requiring their athletes to behave the same as any other student. Too many schools give top athletes a pass so they can be used for their sports skill to generate income. That said, it's totally possible to party as a BYU student (I've done so with a BYU student near campus.) Police yourself hard. No booze outside, close all curtains, only people you know won't narc, and deposit the remains of your party in a trash can that does not belong to you. If it's saturday night, show up sober and smelling fresh and clean to church on time the next morning, hide your pain.

    March 3, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. gettys

    The honor code just reveals Mormons to be close-minded bigots, something most of the rational world has known all along.

    March 3, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stinny

      Exactly how does living a moral life make one a bigot? Or am I to believe that not tolerating immoral or unhealthy behavior is somehow discriminatory, but making offensive, derogatory remarks about an entire group of people's belief system is perfectly appropriate. If you don't like my standards, don't live them – just as I don't like your lack of standards, and choose not to live as you do.

      March 3, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. MWC

    @Reallity The nation's 8th best league. Have you been even following basketball? The MWC is the nation's 4th best league. Get it right!

    March 3, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Gomer Pyle

    "University officials said Davies admitted violating the honor code at BYU." Kudos to Davies for standing up and admitting whatever mistake he made. It takes a lot of strength and moral character to admit when you are in error.

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

    BYU has established guidelines by which their students have agreed to abide. (I like 98% of their rules, by the way.) Suspending a player is a tough decision and unfortunate but he knew the rules. I applaud BYU for having standards and doing their best to "walk the walk" after "talking the talk."
    BTW, the service academies (Annapolis, Colorado Springs & West Point) also have honor codes/concepts in place.

    March 3, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Scammer

    Didn't Charlie Sheen just implement the same "CODE" in his house?

    March 3, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. fyoozhuhn

    First of all the Student/Athlete knew what he was signing up for when he went to BYU. I am sure he could have went to Utah. Utah St., hell probably even Gonzaga (if its a geographical thing). Secondly, he is there for an education not to be a basketball start. BYU is first and foremost a division of higher learning that happens to have a very good basketball and football team. As far as I know he is still a student. Playing ball is a privilege and maybe, just maybe, BYU has a higher "honor code" for its student/athletes as compared to The Ohio State U, et all that have a lower standard.
    The school has more to lose here than this kid. They probably weren't going to win the whole thing but could have went deep (no pun intended).
    So they have convictions – good for them.

    March 3, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. vtguy

    BYU's loss is just another team's gain.

    March 3, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Steve S

    Tough break for the basketball team considering the lack of elite teams this year in college basketball, they definitely had a chance to make it far into the tournament. That being said I applaud the school for sticking to their honor code no matter how strict some people think it is. If only other schools applied some sort of honor code, maybe college sports wouldnt be so corrupt these days with the amount of arrests, cheating, lying, and scandals going on all throughout.

    March 3, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
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