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.