Saturday, 05 March 2011
Jimmer Fredette might be the NCAA's leading man on the basketball court when it comes to points per game, but his Brigham Young University teammate is gaining national attention for his actions off the court.
Currently ranked number 3 in the nation, the Cougars were dealt a huge blow Tuesday night when the school announced it was suspending forward Brandon Davies for the rest of the season for "violating the school's honor code" (but he's still enrolled as a student while his case is reviewed by the Honor Code Office).
When I think honor code at a college or university, I think don't cheat on tests, don't steal from the cafeteria, always tell your roommate when you borrow their stuff.
Apparently at BYU, the honor code is a little more in-depth.
The largest religious university in the country, BYU is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or as they're more commonly known: Mormons. Known for their missionary trips and 10% tithing rate, those who attend BYU are expected to live up to standards no average college student would be able to uphold for one weekend, nevermind 8 semesters.
As head basketball coach Dave Rose told reporters after his team got blown out by un-ranked New Mexico Wednesday night, those who choose to attend the school make a commitment to themselves and the honor code. He said, "A lot of people try to judge if this is right or wrong, but it's a commitment they make. It's not about right or wrong. It's about commitment."
This commitment is no joke. The honor code says students must live "a chaste and virtuous life," which means no porn, "appropriate gender specific behavior," no sex outside of marriage, and no homosexual activity. Along with keeping your hands to yourself, BYU students can't do drugs, drink booze, coffee or tea and no tobacco.
Think you could survive with those rules?
Neither could Davies. It's been revealed the sophomore wasn't dismissed for having a Natty Light or hitting the Dunkin' Donuts drive through. The Salt Lake Tribune is reporting Davies admitted to having pre-marital sex.
After Davies apologized to his teammates, Fredette told reporters Davies said he was sorry to have let the team down. "We just held our heads high and told him it was OK, that it is life, and you make mistakes, and you just got to play through it," Fredette said.
I have two questions for you: Why do you think Davies "admitted" to breaking the honor code? Do you think it's fair he was suspended from the team?