The news came late Friday afternoon in a press release from BYU that Brandon Davies will play on the basketball team.
Davies was dismissed from the team last year just in time for BYU's NCAA tournament run. Per BYU policy, they didn't release the official details as to what caused the dismissal. Shortly after the dismissal, however, reports surfaced via the Salt Lake Tribune that Davies having premarital sex was the cause.
But now, Davies is back. BYU basketball is happy to welcome him back. He led the team in rebounding last year and was the only true post presence to go along side superstar Jimmer Fredette.
Even though Fredette is gone, with Davies, BYU looks to be a threat in their first season as a member of the West Coast Conference. The team brings back starters Noah Hartsock and Charles Abouo as well as sharp shooting Stephen Rodgers. During the team's recent trip to Greece, the team was lead in scoring by former walk-on Brock Zylstra. True freshman DeMarcus Harrison also looks to play a big role for the Cougars during the upcoming season.
This year's team might not have the star-power that they had with Fredette, but now that Davies is back on the roster, they are poised to make another run to the NCAA tournament.
Many people are wondering if that's the reason BYU allowed him to come back on the team. Fans filled forums and comment chains with remarks calling BYU hypocrites for kicking Davies off the team, and then allowing him back on when they realized how good he is. People are still bashing the BYU Honor Code, saying the college shouldn't force students to live like that. And even still, some fans are calling it a publicity stunt to try to rebuild some of the bridges that were burned when Davies was dismissed.
In reality, Davies' return to the team is nothing more than a second chance.
When Davies was dismissed, the punishment was harsh. He was kicked off a team that had the potential to go to the Final Four. Davies has worked hard and BYU has felt that he has earned his way back on to the team.
BYU is a faith-based organization owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. BYU has always had priorities that were bigger than sports, hence the dismissal of Davies last season. BYU represents the LDS Church and that is a responsibility they take very seriously.
Without bringing too much religion into this article, the LDS church and BYU believe in repentance and forgiveness. Simply put, Davies has repented and been forgiven and is now allowed him to come back to the team as a full member.
The team looks forward to Davies coming back. Davies will be an integral part of BYU's plans in the future. I'm happy to hear he has a second chance, and wish him the best of luck during the rest of his basketball career.