Brandon Davies has been dismissed from the BYU basketball team after admitting to having sex.
That's a violation of Brigham Young University's honor code, and that meant Davies's days of shooting hoops with the Cougars are over for this season, and possibly forever. He also may be expelled from the school.
According to BYU's Web site, the honor code reads like this:
We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men. . . . If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things (Thirteenth Article of Faith).
As a matter of personal commitment, faculty, administration, staff, and students of Brigham Young University, Brigham Young University-Hawaii, Brigham Young University-Idaho, and LDS Business College seek to demonstrate in daily living on and off campus those moral virtues encompassed in the gospel of Jesus Christ, and will:
- 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
Davies, more than likely, would not have been kicked off the team if they found a box of Lipton in his locker.
But sex is certainly the big issue in Provo, Utah, and BYU stands firm on their rules.
Most college programs don't hand down such harsh penalties on their star players for breaking team rules, so give credit to BYU for not giving preferential treatment to Davies because he's an important starter.
BYU's rules may be wacky or draconian to many people, but at least they enforce them.