In case you aren't a fan of BYU basketball....let me fill you in on recent happenings. BYU last week earned a #3 spot in the NATION with a 27-2 record by beating #6 in the nation. BYU and their fans were flying high! They were a lock for a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament and predicted to perhaps go to the final four!
And then the BYU Honor Code got in the way. Monday it was announced that Brandon Davies (#0 in the picture) would be suspended for the remainder of the season, including the NCAA tournament due to honor code violations. While Brandon isn't THE player (that would be Jimmer), he is crucial. He is the #1 rebounder, the big man on the team and the 3rd leading scorer.
Turns out he is pretty crucial to the team. Last night, at home BYU got beat by New Mexico. Bad. There goes a #1 seed. There goes millions of dollars to the school by going far in the tournament.
This is ALL over the nation. All the national sports media have picked up on this story. Very interesting discussions it is igniting. I have heard a few sportscasters say, "Couldn't they be a little lenient on this one? This team was on the cusp of making it BIG, going all the way!"
However, the majority of the buzz I have read and heard are commending BYU for sticking to their principles...even when, NO especially when it does NOT benefit them in the least right now. These players know what they are getting into when they sign on with BYU (Davies is from Provo...think he doesn't know what it entails?). They sign the honor code, they meet with an ecclesiastical leader yearly. He had an opportunity to go elsewhere, but chose BYU.
I am grateful that there is an institution that sticks by it's principles even when it's not in their best interest to do so. I am grateful that those in administration at BYU are standing with Honor behind their code. Showing that integrity is more important than winning, fame and money.
However, I am grateful that my mistakes aren't being broadcast all over the nation. Poor guy, I hope he is okay and is getting support because this must be agony for him!