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Thursday (BYU's Davies reportedly suspended for having sex) edition: Wha' Happened?

Posted by: Michael Rand under Basketball Updated: March 3, 2011 - 9:26 AM

From the Salt Lake Tribune:

BYU center Brandon Davies was suspended from the Cougars’ nationally ranked team for the remainder of the season because he violated the school’s honor code provision that prohibits premarital sex, The Salt Lake Tribune has learned.

Davies, a sophomore from Provo High School, acknowledged his transgression to BYU officials on Monday, according to multiple sources.

After BYU’s stunning 82-64 loss to New Mexico on Wednesday night, Cougars coach Dave Rose addressed Davies’ dismissal for the first time, saying, “I think it was a surprise to everyone.”

Asked whether he believes Davies will play basketball for BYU again, Rose said, “yeah, I do.”

On Tuesday, the school owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Davies had been dismissed from the team but was being allowed to remain in school while his situation was under review by the Honor Code Office.

We're not here to talk about other people's morals, but we will say this reminds us that BYU is a whole different ballgame than pretty much every other college (and college athletic program). At some places, a petty crime won't even get you kicked out of the starting lineup. One step up maybe means you miss the first few sequences of a game. You'd have to move up to a felony, or at least a series of misdemeanors, before a year-long suspension was considered.

And at some schools, ALLEGEDLY engaging in some sort of special conduct at your school gymnasium will get you suspended briefly, then reinstated. At BYU, that might cause heads to explode.

As noted by ESPN.com:

BYU's honor code also requires students to be honest; abstain from alcoholic beverages, tobacco, tea, coffee and substance abuse; and attend church regularly.

Davies was a starter for BYU averaging about 11 points and six rebounds a game. In its first game without him last night, the Cougars were trounced by New Mexico for just their third loss of the season. It will be interesting to see if there is any backlash and pressure to reinstate Davies. A code is a code. A Final Four is a Final Four.

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