BYU’s Davies Dismissed For Violating BYU Honor Code

Posted on March 4, 2011 by


No. 3 BYU looked like a legitimate No. 1 seed contender for the NCAA Tournament after their impressive performance against then No. 6 San Diego State at San Diego State just last week. However, this week, the team has dismissed starting center Brandon Davies for violating the BYU Honor Code. The university community in its entirety is held to an honor code that is comprised of the following tenants,

  • 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 the Dress and Grooming Standards
  • Encourage others in their commitment to comply with the Honor Code

It has since been revealed that Davies’ dismissal was on the grounds that he had premarital relations with his girlfriend. Davies not only started for the Cougars, but averaged just over 11 points and 6 rebounds per game and lent the Cougars an interior athletic presence that complimented National Player of the Year Candidate Jimmer Fredette’s ridiculous outside scoring ability.

Though the actual action that garnered Davies’ dismissal from the team does not bother me in the least, I still find myself quite proud and supportive of BYU’s swift and firm response to the violation. Davies signed on the dotted line and was well aware, as everyone in the BYU community is aware, of his responsibilities to adhere to the code and the consequences for violating it.

In this day and age, we see these athletes hailed as demigods, as if they were above reproach. These athletes are presented with a skewed version of reality with all that is set at their feet for their ability on the field or court. I find it refreshing that a school held their athlete to their code and didn’t bat an eye. This dismissal shows conviction and that there are more important things to the university than winning sports championships.

I say this not to condemn those that value championships, for I write and maintain and sports blog, I am among that populous. However, I also hold that there are certain things more important than sports, integrity and conviction are among those things. With that said, I wish more schools cared as much about their own tenants and values than they did about banners, babes, bombastic ballers, and bank notes.

BYU has since Davies’ dismissal fallen to New Mexico by 18 points. This might not be completely indicative of the lack of Davies’ production in the post, rather an effect of the stress and unfortunate position the incident has put the team in. Davies is still said to be a student at the university and is hoped to return to the team next season.