"Due to a violation of the BYU Honor Code, Brandon Davies will not represent the university on the men’s basketball team throughout the remainder of the 2010-11 season." - BYU Official Athletics Press Release
As a BYU basketball fan, things have never been better than they are right now. BYU was getting tons of much deserved national respect coming off their awe-inspiring win over SDSU. But this sudden announcement on a very slow day for college hoops already has Twitter buzzing.
Reactions from BYU faithful across Twitter have ranged from: "How could Davies be so stupid?!?!" to "What a moron" to "feels like a punch in the stomach."
I have to say it was truly gut wrenching. But we don't know the details, so it's hard to judge. Davies seems like a great kid who probably just made a mistake. It happens. BYU students agree to live by incredibly high moral standards.
Anyone who signs the BYU Honor Code agrees to not drink alcohol or other illicit substances, and not engage in any premarital sexual activity. The specific nature of Davies' violations are not known at this time, and to me they aren't that important.
Whatever the violation was, Davies is more than paying the price for it. Most students who have a problem with the honor code will get quietly suspended and then get readmitted to the school after a certain period of time if they so choose. But because of his status as a high-profile athlete on the best BYU basketball team ever, Davies struggles with the honor code are already making national news.
How far will BYU go in March?
The important thing for BYU fans to realize is that this isn't the end of the world by any means. It certainly makes things tougher, no doubt. But BYU is still in excellent position to make a deep run in March.
Davies' void in the middle can be filled by a combination of going small with Noah Hartsock at the five, and Stephen Rogers at the four. When Davies got in foul trouble against SDSU this Saturday, BYU immediately went to this lineup with great success. With this lineup, BYU is fast and athletic, and all five guys are capable of stroking it from three point range.
James Anderson will have to step up big time. Depending on the matchup, he may have to start. Against SDSU in Provo, he had six blocks. He is a very solid defender on the low block, but limited offensively.
Ultimately Davies was a weapon. He will be missed. But BYU fans cannot let his sudden departure overshadow what has been an incredible run. We still have Jimmer Fredette, the best player in the country. We still have Jackson Emery, one of the best defenders in the country.
The Cougars are still a great basketball team. They'll prove that tomorrow night in a revenge game against New Mexico.
Fret not, cougar fans, there is still hope.