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Former Cougars find flaws in Deadspin story about BYU athletics

Published: Friday, April 15 2011 9:42 a.m. MDT

Brigham Young University men's basketball coach Dave Rose, right, talks to reporters as BYU spokeswoman Carrie Jenkins, center, and athletic director Tom Holmoe listen during a news conference in Provo on March 3, 2011, about the dismissal of Brandon Davies from the basketball team for violating BYU's honor code.

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A controversial story on the Deadspin website that examines BYU's honor code, and the athletes who have violated it, has gained plenty of attention this week.

According to the story, since 1993, of the 70 student-athletes suspended for breaking the honor code, 54 of them (80 percent) were minorities and 41 of them (60 percent) were black. Deadspin makes the case that BYU's honor code is racially biased and it quotes former Cougars who harshly criticize the school for the way it recruits athletes, and the way the honor code is enforced.

But Deadspin didn't include any perspectives of black players who had positive experiences at BYU. Former Cougars Bryan Kehl, who currently plays in the National Football League, and Curtis Brown, who is BYU's No. 2 all-time leader rusher, strongly disagree with Deadspin's premise. Listen here to insightful interviews with Kehl and Brown on 1280 The Zone about their time at BYU and the honor code.

Brad Rock offers his thoughts on the Deadspin story here.

And Darnell Dickson of the Provo Daily Herald says the Deadspin article "gives forum to disgruntled former Cougars."

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