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Published: Friday, April 22 2011 10:00 a.m. MDT

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Fort Worth, TX


Santa Clara, UT

We Love you Davies!! Next years team will be killer im glad you have your priorities in the right place!

Castle Rock, CO

Sweet. I am a big Brandon Davies fan. The easy thing to do would have been to decide that BYU just has crazy rules and write them off. He seems mature.

And he is a great basketball player. I look forward to him coming back to BYU next year.

Pleasant Grove, UT

Woooooohooooo!!!! YEeeeeesssss! Congrats, Brandon, and welcome back! This whole thing has actually increased my respect and esteem for you by a factor of about fifty. You will be a force for the next two years, and a better man for the rest of your life. It's great to have you as a Cougar.

Sugar Land, TX

Great News! We need him not only on the floor but we appreciate the great example he is. This is a Good Friday!

No.Logan, utah

And this is breaking news? We all knew this would be the case.

N. Liberty, IA

Awesome! Cougarmania just went through the roof! Cougar nation will be PROUD to welcome him back in the Fall.

Snowflake, AZ

This really does show a great deal of maturity in Davies. To work through these problems with so much public scrutiny shows the kind of individual that he is. This kind of pressure could cause an individual rebel, as previously stated, or a myriad of possible reactions that might not lead to change. But it appears from his statements he has seen and appreciated the support he has received, and has chosen to increase his resolve to overcome the very private struggle he is engaged in. Most in the world would not recognize his situation as a struggle. Most would feel that the run in with the Honor Code was a triumph. I believe that this shows tremendous character in Mr. Davies. But with that said, the most difficult part remains in front of him. God bless him and strengthen him in this process

Bloomington, IN

While this news isn't surprising it is nice to finally get new/information about the situation. Brandon Davies is a very mature sophomore who has dealt appropriately with this situation and is right on track to be a force next season. He has more upside than any cougar baller in recent history (including the Jimmer). Welcome back Brandon.

Mormon Ute
Kaysville, UT

I'm glad Brandon Davies finally has a plan in place to allow him to get back what he lost. I'm also glad that this whole thing didn't destroy his life.

There are a few BYU fans that I hope are paying attention. They have been very critical of the U giving kids a second chance after being suspended by the team. It sounds like a heavy dose of mercy was given to Brandon Davies letting him complete the semester before having to withdraw, which basically means he misses no school. I know missing the tournaments was really hard on him and the team, but it certainly could have been worse.

Good luck to Brandon and it's nice to see there's a light at the end of the tunnel for him.

West Jordan, UT

I am happy for Brandon, but how can the Dnews justify this as breaking news?

SJ Bobkins
Gilbert, AZ

Crazy stuff the kid has been humiliated for 8 weeks in every area of the media that exists. To throw someone out of school for a non legal offense is un-Christian overkill. While on the cross Jesus promised a thief on one of the other two cross'es; that on the morrow you will be with me in paradise. The example shows that time isn't an important part of repentance. You don't effect a young man's life is good ways when you boot them out breaking your relationship. He should have stayed in school and on "morals" probation for three months or until he decides to marry. Unga shouldn't have been booted either and once married there was no longer an issue. The church is too interested in people's bedrooms and formal, public and extensive punishment. They lose at least half of those ex'ed, when maintaining close relationships would have done much to heal raw feelings involved in the situation. Where is there any biblical scripture advising confession to leaders in place of confessing to Jesus in prayer with a desire to be forgiven and for the Holy Ghost to bring peace?

Heber City, UT

It's great to have it confirmed that a plan is in place for his return to BYU next Fall and season. His skills will be greatly needed this coming season.
More importantly, the growth he will gain through meeting his goals and facing the adversity and media scrutiny will serve him well in years to come!
Good Luck Brandon!!

Just Jargon
Orem, UT

I think having your name dragged through the national press and the mud all spring is enough punishment for anyone.

I think the rest of the BYU population is glad their sins haven't been dragged out in public like Brandons--students & employees--

Let him back on the team and school for the summer and the trip. What happened to forgiveness? I thought our sins were paid for by our Saviour...and he asked us to repent...does that mean we really "do" have to suffer for our own sins? Or does the Saviour "really" atone for them? Which way is it?

BYU has to dish out "punishment", or the Saviour really has paid the price for those sin? Can't be both ways.

Seems like BYU has their own path for forgiveness--meeted out by some suited guys in some office on campus. Don't really believe in the atonement, do we?

Las Vegas, Nevada

I wonder if Dead Spin is going to mention this situation in light of everything they spread about the Honor Code in their previous article?

Anonymous Infinity
American Fork, UT

What BYU and Davies are doing is a model for the rest of the athletes and universities around the country. I applaud this action plan and look forward it being successful. Thank goodness we have issues being addressed as this has been. Thanks to the BYU administration and all the best to Brandon Davies.

salt lake city, UT

You can do it Brandon, we look forward to having you back as well. Part of repentance/forgiveness is taking the steps necessary and it appears you are doing that AND accepting accoutability....I wish more people would do that. Best to you.

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

Davies, we are praying for your successful completion of those things you need to do, not because BYU basketball needs you, but because doing so will make you a better person. Be strong and know that we are hoping for the best for you.

What remains unclear to me is how Davies withdrawing effects his earning credit for this semester. I doubt we will know, and in some ways feel we know too much already.

Davies, you are a good man, and the Lord loves you.

Orem Parent
Orem, UT

Great news! We can't wait for the day when we can say, "Welcome Back Brandon!"

We should all be grateful we have a Savior to help us out in times where we make mistakes.

And we all make them.

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

The earlier comparison to some other unspecified situations made caused me to realize this could be used to make false analogies.

I am not sure what specific cases were referred to above, however some of the cases tht have caused the most questions in sports discipline have involved criminal infractions. Davies actions were not criminal, and so the judicial system being too lenient on him or BYU seeking to hide crimes from law enforcement are not issues. We can not say this for Notre Dame's football team.

Beyond this, the regulations, rules, penalties and process that Davies is going through are the same as a non-athlete would go through.

The complaint against athletic teams is not often that they have criminals (which Davies is not) or people who otherwise violate rules, but that if these same people had been other than athletes they would have suffered much more severe consequences.

Whether or not athletes get off on criminal charges more than the general population I do not know, but that is the perception at the heart of some of the complaints against college football.

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