It is going to be difficult over the next several days, maybe weeks, to not come across a plethora of opinions, statements, and reflections on the dismissing of Brandon Davies from BYU basketball. With March Madness right around the corner and BYU fixing to nab the top seed in the tournament, you would expect nothing less. I am sure there would be debate about whether they would actually grab that #1 seed or not, even before the Davies mishap. However, there is no debate that they were in the mix.
What was Davies' "crime?" Having premarital sex - a clear violation of BYU's honor code.
An exposé on the issue (and two former BYU star athletes who support the suspension) can be found at usatoday.com in its CAMPUSRIVALRY section, under the title Danny Ainge, Ty Detmer back BYU's suspension of Brandon Davies.
Now those who frequent my blog are well aware of my support of athletic codes and the positive teachings that "can" come out of them. That most athletic codes have some basis in a higher ethical standard. And that they are set up for the purpose of keeping athletes healthy, safe, and on a more successful path, along with giving them an opportunity to build their character. I mean, that is an essential part of any code of conduct, or honor code as in this case, is it not?
However, there will be countless reactions and media attention that will focus on the violation itself - the expectation that a college student athlete must abstain from sexual contact while at BYU. In other words, many will take issue with the code's expectation itself.
In addition, you will likely hear a good deal about how so many other athletes, students, at BYU have just not been caught, or admitted to, engaging in the same behavior, and how unfair all that is.
On the other side of that coin, the one I would likely fall on, is the idea that Brandon Davies, just like any other athlete at BYU, knew exactly what the expectations were before he signed on to the program. That if he did not expect or anticipate following them, then he should not have attended the school in the first place. And most admirably, to Mr. Davis's credit, his character, and integrity, he has said nothing about the consequence other than to apologize for his actions. At least that is my understanding at this point.
WOW, not too many out there like that, not too many at all.
So what do you think?