BYU Sports: The Cougars Made the Right Decision in Suspending Brandon Davies

Jeff HansenContributor IMarch 2, 2011

Brandon Davies is yet another example of BYU athletics putting standards before winning.
Brandon Davies is yet another example of BYU athletics putting standards before winning.Ethan Miller/Getty Images

BYU sports have lost two high profile players due to honor code violations in the last year; Brandon Davies, a member of the basketball team, and Harvey Unga, a former member of the football team.

The loss of Unga hurt Cougar football this past season, especially in the early going of the year when the team was just 1-4.

The loss of Davies virtually dooms the Cougar's hope of reaching the Final Four.

The decision to suspend Davies has got the attention of the national media everywhere and one can't help but ask, "What is BYU thinking?"

As far as wins and losses are concerned, this is a terrible decision by BYU administration to suspend Davies. There are no two ways about it: BYU is not as good of a team without Davies in the starting line up.

All that being said, BYU administration made the correct decision.

Thanks to ESPN, the honor code at BYU has now become public.

Some of the rules include: no sexual relations outside of marriage, no alcoholic beverages, no tobacco and being honest with others.

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This is a high standard for anyone to live by, especially college students.

Whether or not you agree with the stipulations of the honor code or the Mormon church, it's admirable that BYU is willing to put the standards they believe in before the need to win basketball games.

BYU believes in helping students grow and prepare them for life in the future and this decision proves that are willing to uphold that belief at all costs.

I am in no way saying that in order for a person to be prepared for the future they need to live up to BYU honor code standards. There are millions of great people across that world that would not be able to enroll at BYU.

I do however, find it refreshing that BYU is willing to stand true to what they believe in regardless of the consequences that they will see in the wins and losses column. Holding these student athletes to the standard that they agreed to obey, and not making exceptions regardless of how talented a player is or the need for a player on a team will help prepare them for the future.

The basketball team will suffer with the loss of Davies. Recruiting will continue to be more and more difficult because of the honor code. It will only become more and more difficult for BYU to win because of their honor code.

Despite all of that, BYU will not compromise what they believe in to accommodate any student athlete and that is very admirable.

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