Boys of Honor (BYU Basketball Story)

Posted: March 7, 2011 in NCAA Men's Basketball
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As a society, we preach discipline. We teach structure, values, and morals, all while secretly undermining these ideals with the utmost hypocrisy. I’m not the ‘perfect person,’ nor is anyone else for that matter, so when I see an institution of higher learning — like BYU — make an example of a student for failing to achieve unrealistic expectations, my mind boggles (thanks for that wonderful phrase, D-Wade).

I have no problem with a religious university setting its own rules. When a student makes the decision to attend such a place, they forfeit some of their social rights as well. What I do have difficulty grasping is when the rules are seldom enforced, allowed to be broken by some, at the advantage of those writing them.

From my understanding of the Brandon Davies situation, he engaged in pre-marital sex with his current girlfriend which, under any other circumstances, would be commonplace for today’s youths; however, under the BYU code of conduct, this is strictly prohibited — along with drinking and the using of curse words.

What bothers me is that while BYU punishes Davies, thousands of other students get away with a weekend party binge, the occasional curse word, and even sexual activity. You see, a large school like this will obviously not act like a prison and monitor what each and every student is doing on a daily basis.

Drinking happens. Drugs are consumed. Love is ‘made.’ The only mistake a high-profile student athlete like Davies made was to succumb to the Mormon tradition of baby making (for shame!) Basically, he got caught, and the school moved swiftly to avoid the spread of this story acting as a blemish to their image.

The Mormons, like many other religions, naively put their beliefs on a pedestal while condemning those who are against them. But where does this false sense of entitlement end? When is the line crossed? I’d say when one of ‘your own’ has his hopes and dreams crushed, left with his future in shambles, and stuck in, all of places, crappy Utah.

Meanwhile, the NCAA sits back and allows athletes like Cam Newton and O.J. Mayo to collect bigger dollar paychecks and new Escalades. Oh, how financial priorities affect these ‘neutral’ figures.

– Carlos Sanchez

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Comments
  1. You’re completely off. BYU has a strict set of code/standards/rules/guidelines – call them whatever you want. But they are the beliefs they follow as people with their religion. It’s what built the school and what will continue to lead the school forward. No amount of money or prestige with any NCAA March Madness win (or in any other BYU sport for that matter) means more to them than their beliefs.

    I’ve actually visited the school twice, for a work-related event. It is a different world there. Provo Utah is like being in a bubble, separate from the rest of the world. People walk around without a care or fear in the world. I’d bet money that nobody locks their front door or car door for that matter. You need to have a card to enter a bar, similar to joining a club. Can’t buy alcohol anywhere, need to travel miles to do so. Nobody will understand what they are doing unless they have been to the BYU campus, or know someone who went there. It’s as much of a utopia as the word is defined; and the town, the BYU campus, and everyone who lives in Provo is proud of it.

    It is the responsibility of the school to not break, regardless of how amazing the athlete is who broke the rule. It’s a standard, and it’s there to not be broken. A school can define any rule they want, in my opinion. If you attend the school, you acknowledge the rules the school has, and you vow to not break them. Should you break them, however foolish the rule might appear to others, or how gifted of an athlete you are, you should be punished.

    BYU is doing everything correctly.

  2. Did you know in Maine it is illegal to rollerskate on the sidewalk?

    “Sec. 62-58. Riding bicycles, skating on sidewalks prohibited; penalty.

    (a) No person shall ride a bicycle upon any public sidewalk in the city. No person shall skate on any sidewalk in the city.

    (b) Whoever violates or fails to comply with any of the provisions of this section may be punished by a fine of not more than $10.00.

    (Code 1975, �� 6-1, 6-14, 15-12)”

    So just because a lot of other people do, anyone in Maine shouldn’t be punished?

  3. Carlos says:

    My point with this article was to bring to light that students go against “the code” all of the time (this from kids who actually go to BYU). I find it too convenient, and extremely hypocritical of them, just because this situation was too much of a burden to keep under wraps. I’m sure it’s easy for them to hide incidents of drugs and alcohol, especially in that little bubble you talked about. Your opinion is valid in that they have every right to enforce their rules, but when it is done in such a dirty, political process, I find it ridiculous.

  4. Hypocritical?
    They are no doubt going to the Tournament. Let’s say they keep him on the team and they win one, let’s say two games before being bounced from March Madness.
    It’s then easier to deal with this?

    They did the right thing. Stop it now. Choose their beliefs and guidelines over money and the spotlight that he and the team would have garned via basketball.

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