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

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Cottonwood Heights, UT

Cougs will be good again next year!!!!

Lone Star Cougar
Plano, TX

Brandon, Cougarnation is behind you and are happy you are on the road back. God bless you!

One-eyed pigeon
West Jordan, Utah

Good news on Good Friday!

Sandy, UT

So difficult to have one's mistakes aired across the country. Fine young man to experience this and decide to continue through this whole process. Great example to millions!

logan, Ut

just jargon it is obvious you dont know anything about repentance or how to go about receiving forgiveness. Forgiveness is given after we prove willing to submit ourselves and humble ourselves. Forgiveness is given after we show positive works and improvement and growth. That is exactly what this plan is meant to do. It is meant to help him through the process and get him back on the court and in school. Do me a favor and study Atonement, Justice and Mercy. Brandon your a stud!

Two Cents
Springville, Utah

I'm happy for him, happy for the university and happy for the fans.

Sandy, UT

Why is this breaking news? You read and commented on it. You've answered your own question.

Eagle Mountain, UT

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

Reply: You must be a criminal defense lawyer. Do you think that anyone who breaks a rule has paid the entire price simply because their transgression is made public?

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

Reply: Do you know anyone who would be glad of this?

Yes the savior makes it possible for all of us to be forgiven of all our sins but there has to be restitution. You don't understand the Atonement if you think differently. Brandon broke a rule which he agreed not to break and the consequence is that which he agreed to.

It can and must be both ways. BYU is no respector of persons and neither is God. No favoritism for anyone.

Perhaps you are one of those who believes that all you have to do is declare "I believe in Jesus" and all your sind are magically washed away. You would probably make a good politician. Just like Bill Clinton.

Lehi, UT

I support Brandon getting back for the next season. I thought he wouldn't be able to play until the Fall term was over, similar to Harvey, but best result would be with start of next season. Brandon is growing up and will be a force for good if he continues to stay on the path that leads to salvation.

Pleasant Grove, UT

I'm a simple guy. Here are ten things I understand about the situation.
1- BYU never dismissed Davies.
2- Coach Rose suspended Davies.
3- Davies choose to withdraw from school.
4- BYU never disclosed what the infraction was.
5- The media broke the story and supplied the details.
6- The National Media fueled this firestorm.
7- Repentance is between God and the individual.
8- The Bishop recommends the individual for participation.
9- BYU accepts the recommendation of the ecclesiastical leader.
10-Just Jargon, there is a difference between forgiveness and consequences.

Where have I gone wrong, and what have I missed?

South Jordan, UT

Go Brandon. Can't wait to see you on the court again.

Louisiana Cougar
Pineville, LA

I am very pleased.

Many Cougar/BYU fans carefully monitored the handling of the Brandon Davies issue and were delighted with the praise offered to BYU for how this entire incident was handled.

In the past BYU fumbled the ball badly in handling human resource/human relations issues like this. It is encouraging to see the university's leaders get this call right.

My sense is that BYU will be ranked somewhere in the top twenty by the end of the 2011-2012 basketball season.

Most importantly, I hope that the BYU culture continues to focus in positive ways in the way that it treats people -- whether they be power forwards or employees at the lowest ranks of the organization.

BYU has an opportunity to be viewed as an exemplar for virtuous conduct in the way that it deals with issues. The LDS Church will continue to benefit from how the Davies issue has been handled. I hope that Church and university leaders recognize that fact.

For Brandon Davies, I wish him success and happiness in his life -- not just on the basketball court but in everything that he strives to do and to become!

Come On
Salt Lake City, UT

Coug, you don't understand everything. We just know what they want us to know.

Doctor J
Manti, UT


I am so glad to hear it. Great for BYU!..... Great for Brandon!..... and Great for the basketball fans as well.

Captain L
Provo, UT

I'm glad for Brandon and wish him well. I hope he has a fantastic season next year.
If the team goes over to Europe to play this summer it should give alot of their young players some valuable experience and make them that much better this coming year. Go Cougars.

deductive reasoning
Arlington, VA

SJ Bobkins

"To throw someone out of school for a non legal offense is un-Christian overkill."

You're confused.

College athletes are kicked off teams and out of school all the time for breaking team and school rules that aren't necessarily illegal. For example, cheating on a test or simply not going to class, though not illegal, can get you kicked out of school.

Breaking a promise is un-Christian.

Frisco, TX

This is great news! I applaud Brandon for his courage to make it through this process. It would have been easy to give up and take an easier path.

In addition to being happy for Brandon, I'm now very excited for BYU basketball. I believe Brandon will be the next NBA talent to come from the Cougs. I don't think he'll have many 40 or 50 point games, but I expect we'll see a lot of double, doubles coming from his stat sheet the next two years.

Like Jimmer, he'll catch the NBA scouts attention his Junior year, and become a lock for a first round pick during his Senior year.

Cougs will have a bit of a drop off, but I'm still expecting a 25+ win season and a Top 25 ranking. We'll move from a back court oriented team to a front court oriented team. With Brandon, Noah, C. Collinsworth, Abouo and Rogers playing the 3,4,5 we'll have plenty of fire power.

But I expect to see Carlino, Winder and Harrison develop quickly and balance the backcourt. I'm hoping Rice doesn't lure Winder back to Vegas.


seems he should go to the U

Provo, UT


In answer, to your question, it may not be scripture to you, but it is to us as LDS. Here's one of the scriptures: D&C 42:57-59

BTW, per my understanding (which is completely based on news reports, so take it for what it's worth), Brandon demonstrated real accountability for his actions and was the one to bring this whole thing to light in the first place. Perhaps I'm wrong on that, but if not, it certainly shows the power of his own convictions and his priorities in life, especially given the timing of it all.

Kudos to you Brandon. It is not the challenges we face in life that determine what kind of person we will be, but how we confront them.

Serenity Now
American Fork, UT

To those questioning the newsworthiness of this story, I would submit that any article that attracts more than 5 posted comments is newsworthy. Especially if some of the posts come from people who seem irritated enough at BYU stories to post comments about them ("Followers"). This one has attracted over 39 comments thus far, from Fans and Followers.

BYU Fans (and seemingly Followers) are genuinely interested in the makeup of next year's team, and Brandon Davies is a crucial piece of that team. The administration had been pretty tight-lipped about Davies' future in school, so this is definitely something worth reporting.

Followers: Thank you for your support. You are like a pleasant spring breeze blowing through Cougar Nation.

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