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March 3rd, 2011 By Jason Gargano | Sports |

BYU Players Can't Have Sex?

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Brigham Young University's basketball team is having a great year. Going into last night, the Cougars were ranked No. 3 in the country, had a 27-2 record and were likely to grab a No. 1 seed in the upcoming NCAA tournament.

Then 6-9 sophomore forward Brandon Davies — the team's third leading scorer, top rebounder and best athlete — was kicked off the team for violating BYU's honor code.

In the team's first game without him, the Cougars were routed at home by New Mexico (82-64), a sign its magical season has likely come to a screeching halt.

So how did Davies besmirch his school's honor? Word is he had “premarital sexual relations” with his girlfriend. Now, I admit to knowing little about the Mormon faith, but really? So let me get this right: It's OK for Bill on HBO's Big Love to have three different wives (and actively seek a fourth, if not yet a fifth and sixth) but Davies can't have sexual relations with his girlfriend?

Curious as to the other ways BYU players might tarnish the school's honor, I tracked down this list:

• Respect others

• Obey the law and all campus policies

• Observe the dress and grooming standards

• Be honest

• Abstain from alcoholic beverages, tobacco, tea, coffee and substance abuse

• Use clean language

• Participate regularly in church services

• Encourage others in their commitment to comply with the Honor Code

That eliminates nearly every human I know — and has probably eliminated the Cougars from doing major damage in the NCAA tournament. At least they have their honor.

 
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