Congratulations to all who posted such upbeat and positive comments directed
toward Brandon Davies. Kuddos to all of you. I am sure that all the love and
support from coaches, players, and fans played a significant part in the
decisions, process of repentance, and the outcome of this young man's life.
Unconditional love is a great force!Go Brandon, and go Cougars!
Brandon should have found a different school to win games for after that
incident. Wish him the best.
@Sarah Nicole:The situations are very similar in two regards, yet
different.First, both Julie and Chad had to deal with Dr. Vernon
Heperi (Dean of Students), who is an administrator and NOT a priesthood leader.
All Julie needed to do was to get her situation resolved like Brandons and
once her bishop and stake president recommended re-enrollment at BYU, case
closed. Julie left BYU and later married in the temple. Chad Hardy
completed his degree requirements online and was 100% compliant with all Honor
Code rules when he was resident on-campus at BYU from 1999-2002.Hardys case was nothing at all like Brandons. Hardy met all requirements for
graduation, only to have the rug pulled out at the last possible moment by local
priesthood leaders who may possibly have abused the limits of their
authority.Tim RollinsOklahoma City
@Y ask Y- While I agree that remaining pure is the better route, no one does
it. Everyone makes mistakes at some level. Whether in though or deed. So I do
think that sin along with repentance creates a better man.
I personally think Brandon is a better story and role model then Jimmer
Ferdeitte. This young man made a mistake, owned up to it and did what he had to
to make it right. To me he is a great example of a person trying to do the right
thing even under difficult circumstances. Welcome back Barndon, you are the type
of young man a parent can be proud of.
Best news in a long time. I'm happy for the kid!!!!!
No man is a better man for having sinned than for remaining pure.
From a Wildcat Fan--welcome back Brandon. It speaks a lot to your character to
admit a mistake and take the proper steps to rectify the situation, especially
while enduring it in the public view. If only we had people of your character
in Congress. They try to cover up their mistakes and displace the blame if
caught.I just hope that every student who makes a mistake with the
honor code is afforded the same opportunity to make restitution, and I hope they
are treated with same dignity and respect and not treated in a judgemental way
with the institution and the student body or people in general. I am not making
any accusations. I just think this is a great example of second chances, and I
just hope it applies equally to all no matter what their situation in life.Best of luck to you in the upcoming season.
Thank you BYU for extending a second chance.Thank you Brandon for
doing what needed to be done to make things right.Go Cougars!
Welcome back and good luck in school.
Love the Atonement!!
Re: Tim RollinsThe biggest difference between Brandon Davies's
situation and those of Julie Stouffer and Chad Hardy is that neither Julie nor
Chad was willing to admit that they'd violated the honor code. Instead of
accepting responsibility for their own very public actions, they blamed the
school for their circumstances, and went to the press to tell everybody how
unfairly they were being treated.Brandon, on the other hand, turned
himself in for a violation that nobody would've known anything about if he'd
chosen to keep quiet. He could've helped his team to a potential national title,
but instead, he admitted his mistake. He then had to endure it when the Trib
published the details of his indiscretion, which then went worldwide. Huge
numbers of people, including his peers and role models, were telling him that he
hadn't made a mistake at all, and that he should leave the school and go
someplace where he could live how he wanted to without repercussion. Instead, he
kept his integrity throughout the entire mess, under worldwide condemnation, and
did what he needed to do to make things right with his Father in Heaven. The situations are nothing alike at all.
Congratulations Brandon. Glad you're back. BYU needs men like you. Men of
courage and willingness to overcome adversity. Best wishes to you and the rest
of the Cougs on a great upcoming season.
And he is a better man for it. Welcome back Brandon and good luck wherever life
Where's Hedgie and Chrissy ??? Something doesn't seem right here...without
Why this is a surprise or a point of discontent to anyone is really short
sightedness. Either that or those people wear blinders to maintain a self
serving myoptic view of thier world to justify anything that they don't want to
be the truth. The goals were set in March and April to have Brandon work with
everyone envolved in his suspension to help him achieve a specified set of
criteria that he would need to in order to return to the team. The suspension
was BYU's to impose not the NCAA's...for those who obviously have lost sight of
that fact. So... with that somewhat overlooked thought in mind ...it's also
BYU's call on the criteria necessary to meet thier goals that they and Brandon
worked out and set for him to again become eligible. And likewise...the length
of the suspension... is thier call as well... not the NCAA's since there were no
infractions of thier rules.Good to have you back on the team
Brandon. Congratulations for having the courage and the priciple to have done
the right thing.
I tip my hat to you sir. That which does not kill us only makes us stronger.
May you be blessed in your progress toward your ultimate goal.
Brandon handled everything right back at the first of the year by doing it with
dignity and class. He showed the world responsibility and manned up, took
responsibility and made things rightfor that, he has my respect.BYU
showed wisdom and compassion by allowing Brandon to finish the semester with
dignity. If only they had shown the same compassion with Julie Stouffer and
Chad Hardy regarding his rightfully earned diplomaBrandons back at
BYU, and thats good. He worked diligently with his bishop and stake president,
and was spared the indignity of dealing with those with no ecclesiastical
authority whatsoever. It was Brandons bishop and stake president who rightfully
determined the right time to endorse Brandons return to BYU.Good
luck to BYU in their upcoming basketball season!!Tim RollinsOklahoma City
dailynewsStop speculating. Brandon could have "taken care of
everything" weeks or even months ago, but regardless, he couldn't be on the
team or even practice with the team until the beginning of fall semester, when
he was allowed to re-enroll at BYU.
Terrific! So glad Davies made it back! Looking forward to another great
basketball season in the WCC.GO COUGARS!
I'm glad Brandon was given a second chance. Does everyone get one?
Way to go Brandon. I am glad to have you back.
Best wishes to Brandon from a true-blue Aggie!
The men's basketball team has been playing and practicing without him as they
have been playing overseas in Greece a few weeks ago. If he was ready to join
the team then he would have gone with them. But the fact that he didn't shows
that he had not taken care of everything. At any rate, the past is behind
him...he needs to learn from it and look towards the future.
Jazzer, just google his name and you will find out.
Very good SLCWatch!Welcome back Brandon. You have shown tremendous
courage, integrity and resolve during a difficult time that very few of us can
even begin to comprehend. Your basketball career will come and go, but the
lessons you have learned (and taught) will stay with you (and us) for a long,
long time. Good luck and go Cougars!
We are all very proud of you Brandon.
Excellent News! Welcome Back Davies!
Thank You Brandon for being such a great example of what to do after you
YES! Thank you Brandon for being a man of honor!
Why did he get suspended??
Well done Brandon. You're an example of someone with courage and principles -
I don't know many young men that have the character of Brandon Davies. His
mistakes were broadcast by the media to the world and he stuck it at. He is a
great example of doing the right thing in spite of the public humiliation that
he was put through. I'm glad all of my mistakes aren't broadcast to the
world.Now onto basketball! Let's hope Collinsworth can recuperate
fully from his injury. What a front line we will have with Collinsworth,
Hartsock and Davies.On the wing, we'll have Abouo and Rogers. And the
back court will feature Harrison, Carlino, Winder and Zylstra. Zylstra's 17 ppg
average in Greece was a pleasant surprise.This team is set for
success! Brandon will have 15 - 20 double, doubles during the season. The
front line will dominate the headlines early in the season, but the young back
court will improve with every game and be a force to be reckoned with in
February and March.And best of all . . . I get to watch a bunch of
their games in HD on ESPN.
Ironmomo, Observe and watch this man closely and you will learn what
character is...it is in actions not words.
iron momo is Japanese. Iron means an objection, to be against. Momo is a
peach. So are you saying you are an objecting peach or an objectional peach?
Ironmomo,Don't you think that it would have been more advantageous
to BYU to sweep the whole situation under the rug right before the tournament?
If BYU were to sweep it under the rug, it would have been at that time and not
now (as you are suggesting). Have a good one Bro.
Isnt the team in europe? It's great that he can come back and play this season.
Welcome back...this could be another special season.
Congratulations Brandon. Good to see you back.
Good to have Davies back on the team!
Great to have him back. Impressive young man.
I am not a great BYU fan--but I am glad that Mr. Davis is back. It shows the
great person he must be to overcome his problems and earn his way back into
school and onto the team. Congratulations!
Ironmomo, your comments are pathetic....This kid is quickly turning
into my hero... I understand that it was necessary for Brandon to go through
this process, but how many kids go through it and come out the other end still
clinging to their convictions and determined to do the right thing....Redemption can be tough, but it is more than worth it....I'll
follow this kids career the rest of my life
Not much of a coincidence, Early last spring it was figured he would return.it
seems hard for some to see things as they are.
Great news!! Davies, Hartsock, Collingsworth, Rogers, Abouo, Harrison, Winder,
Zylstra and Carlino. That's a great top 9 that is envied by that school up north
and many others.
Welcome back Brandon! This is great news!Ironmomo:How
long was he supposed to be suspended? Most college suspensions for violations of
code of conduct last the duration of the season. You show up as a
ute troll with a new user name just in time to comment on a BYU article...what a
Great news, I hope he has a great year. I hope he ends up being the leading
scorer for this yrs team.
Brandon - I just want to let you know you are an example to many young men and
women who look up to you--myself included. I know there will be those who will
be critical of the whole situation and what happened, etc, but being a BYU
student myself, I know the honor code is in place to help students grow and
develop. Some may not like it or understand it, but I know there are special
people who work in that office who are sensitive to different situations and are
careful not to ruin lives.
No . . . just in time for school to start. It is exactly the schedule that was
the plan! Good job Brandon. Glad you are back!
IronmomoJust in time for the new semester to begin. No coincidence
at all, in fact, most BYU fans have been expecting this since Brandon was
suspended from the team in March.Only a hater would suspect anything
sinister in the timing of Brandon's return to full eligibility.
Brandon, Way to stick with the program and do the right thing. All of us BYU
fans back you up and look forward to seeing you on the court eating up the other
teams.Congrats on your strength of character. You are a true role
model for so many young men!
Congratulations and best wishes to Davies.
Welcome back Brandon!And, congratulations on having the courage to
do what you knew had to be done.
Great news for all! Except WCC opponents. : )
Just in time for fall ball practice to begin....what a coincidence.
Congratulations Brandon. This Ute wishes you the best of luck in your career.
Happy to see you have the chance to chase your dreams.
Excellent news. Welcome back Mr. Davies.