Yesterday, Brigham Young University officials suspended sophomore, Brandon Davies, for violating the school’s honor code, just like they would any other student.
What’s interesting about this story is, with the NCAA post-season basketball tournament just days away, the BYU men’s team is poised to enter the spring classic as one of the top-rated teams in the country with a chance to do very well, and Davies is one of the Cougar’s standout players.
What’s even more interesting about this story is, like other schools that make the tournament and do well, BYU stands to gain a great deal of revenue from TV appearances and the attendant endorsements; not to mention what it stands to gain in recruiting, and the general warm and fuzzy PR for the school. And not having one of their best players in the line-up hinders their chances at realizing those gains fully.
What’s even morer interesting about this story are the specifics of the honor code Davies violated. The Salt Lake Tribune, citing “multiple sources,” said that the sophomore violated the honor code provision prohibiting premarital sex among students. The young man had sex with his girlfriend! The decision to remove Davies was made by the university athletics department.
What’s even morerest interesting about this story is the specifics of the BYU honor code. For the record, many (if not all) universities have an honor code in place. Basically the codes are general guidelines of how a school’s students should behave; no cheating, no drugs on campus, no murdering other students, etc. The BYU code, however, includes requirements for “modest, neat and clean” dress and grooming; abstinence from alcohol, tobacco or illegal substances; any physical intimacy that exhibits homosexual feelings; prohibiting members of the opposite sex from going in one’s bedroom areas; and regularly participation in church services, be they in the Mormon or another religious faith.
Really BYU? No butt sex? No regular sex??? Church??????
So where I have to admire the university for treating Davies like any other student and not showing preferential treatment for an athlete, despite the crazy money he represents, I’m still tripping balls over the specifics of the honor code. How do Mormons remain so nice?
What do you think of this story, oh sage Skepchick readers?