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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
04:59 PM 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.

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Filed under: Mormonism • Sports • United States • Utah

soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Stubbycat

    Though I have no use for Mormonism per se, the fact that the player violated his honor code justified the consequence.

    March 7, 2011 at 3:14 am |
  2. fakhredin

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    March 6, 2011 at 10:04 pm |
  3. justina

    I hope he rot's in hades,no woman should have relation's with a man.

    March 5, 2011 at 1:47 am |
    • Larry Snortstein

      Your mother certainly never should have had relations with your father.

      March 5, 2011 at 2:42 am |
    • evolvedDNA

      Hi Justina.. that sounds a little harsh...we have to relationships in order to procreate ... now god of course uses other mens women to have his babies but so far trans-spermia is tough for us to achieve. Yes we are still friends.. i have mentioned that on another thread. I have no reason to dislike you,, I disagree with your views but that's it. Actually, I think god if he exists, is not the monster the bible makes him out to be. If you met the people on here who blog, we would all have great time and find we are not at all the way we think of each other via blogs. The same is true for god.. |i think of him like a Monty Python type character.. fun loving and very sarcastic.. but friendly.

      March 6, 2011 at 1:06 am |
  4. JohnR

    The real irony here is that the sports writers were all saying that BYU is a one man band, not a real team. Guess not! Oh, and they were saying that BYU is a one man band based on the distribution of points scored amongst the starting five. Guess they forgot about defense. With Brandon Davies out, New Mexico just walked straight to the basket time and again, scoring virtually at will. I know that this isn't a sports blog, but the virtues of team work are considered matters of ethics and their importance have been hugely confirmed to the surprise of many in this case.

    March 4, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
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