BYU Suspends Basketball Star for Having Sex: Should the School Be Commended?

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Brigham Young University sophomore Brandon Davies was suspended from the school's basketball team--possibly its best squad ever--for having premarital sex with his girlfriend, something that violates the school's Honor Code. Without the star forward, the team, which had been tapped for a number one seed at this year's NCAA Tournament, lost dismally last night to New Mexico with a score of 82-64.

While many sports writers are debating how this unexpected hole in BYU's lineup will affect its tournament outlook moving forward, ESPN's Pat Forde believes the school should be commended for taking one of the few virtuous stances in a NCAA climate of Cam Newton-like oversights:

What makes this such a powerful testament is the fact that so many schools have cravenly abandoned their standards at such a time as this, embracing athletic expediency over institutional principle. It happens so often that we don't even raise an eyebrow at it anymore.

Player arrests or other antisocial behaviors are minimized as youthful mistakes, with strenuous institutional effort put into counterspinning any negative publicity. Academic underachievement is dismissed as merely the price of being competitive in big-time athletics. "Indefinite" suspensions often last only as long as they're convenient -- timed to coincide with exhibition games or low-stress games against overmatched opponents.

That certainly didn't happen in this instance at BYU.

Read the full story at ESPN.


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