Yes, a player was dismissed from the BYU Basketball team for having premarital sex. A GOOD player.
First of all, I know I might surprise you all, but I’m going to side with BYU on this one. It IS their school. It IS a private university run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and they have the RIGHT to enforce their honor code.
So, for whatever reason Brandon Davies got outed (and they aren’t saying if someone ratted him out or he just felt guilty and confessed), dismissing him from the team was the right thing to do.
Provo • Three days after recording the biggest regular-season win in program history, a win over San Diego State that propelled the BYU basketball team to a No. 3 national ranking and into serious consideration for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the Cougars’ postseason hopes were dealt a devastating blow.
Starting center Brandon Davies was dismissed from the team on Tuesday because he ran afoul of the school’s strict honor code.
Now I have to admit that I ADMIRE BYU (please don’t faint) for taking this action, because sports matter at BYU, and WINNING matters. This is a kid who was a hot player and they enforced their honor code and did NOT choose to look the other way, as many other schools would do.
Davies admitted to having sex with his girlfriend, and they are….gasp….not married. Again, against the honor code that BYU is very upfront about. Davies should have known better.
But what I really want to know is how many other players are having sex, and either didn’t have the moral fortitude to own up to it, or didn’t get ratted out? Further, are they squirming inside as they wonder if someone might know about their own “dirty little secrets,” and desperately planning to switch to a school like the U of U where players are fully expected to sow their wild oats?
Being a Ute myself, this is not a diss on the school. Just a fact. Male, teenage, college athletes are horndogs. We all know this.
It will be interesting to see if Davies ends up at the U. Might be a better fit. Just saying.