Brandon Davies reinstated on BYU basketball team


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  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 29, 2011 11:52 p.m.

    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!

  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    Aug. 29, 2011 4:14 p.m.

    Brandon should have found a different school to win games for after that incident. Wish him the best.

  • Tim Rollins Oklahoma City, OK
    Aug. 27, 2011 6:06 p.m.

    @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 Rollins
    Oklahoma City

  • John Paul Orem, UT
    Aug. 27, 2011 4:32 p.m.

    @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.

  • whatnext Clearfield, Utah
    Aug. 27, 2011 3:53 p.m.

    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.

    Aug. 27, 2011 3:10 p.m.

    Best news in a long time. I'm happy for the kid!!!!!

  • Y Ask Y Provo, UT
    Aug. 27, 2011 2:39 p.m.

    No man is a better man for having sinned than for remaining pure.

  • Wildcat O-town, UT
    Aug. 27, 2011 2:15 p.m.

    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.

  • Billy Budd Saint George, UT
    Aug. 27, 2011 2:12 p.m.

    Thank you BYU for extending a second chance.

    Thank you Brandon for doing what needed to be done to make things right.

    Go Cougars!

  • Carnak Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 27, 2011 1:55 p.m.

    Welcome back and good luck in school.

  • TonyaLee TUCSON, AZ
    Aug. 27, 2011 10:26 a.m.

    Love the Atonement!!

  • Sarah Nichole West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 27, 2011 8:55 a.m.

    Re: Tim Rollins

    The 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.

  • MizzouBlue Carthage, MO
    Aug. 27, 2011 8:22 a.m.

    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.

  • Duh west jordan, ut
    Aug. 27, 2011 8:18 a.m.

    And he is a better man for it. Welcome back Brandon and good luck wherever life leads you.

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Aug. 27, 2011 7:19 a.m.

    Where's Hedgie and Chrissy ??? Something doesn't seem right here...without them.

  • Where's Stockton ??? Bowling Green, OH
    Aug. 27, 2011 7:13 a.m.

    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.

  • FreeThinker Magna, UT
    Aug. 27, 2011 6:53 a.m.

    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.

  • Tim Rollins Oklahoma City, OK
    Aug. 27, 2011 4:51 a.m.

    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 diploma

    Brandons 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 Rollins
    Oklahoma City

  • Riddles in the Dark Olympus Cove, Utah
    Aug. 27, 2011 12:30 a.m.


    Stop 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.

  • Cougar Cindy Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 27, 2011 12:08 a.m.

    Terrific! So glad Davies made it back! Looking forward to another great basketball season in the WCC.


  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 11:31 p.m.

    I'm glad Brandon was given a second chance. Does everyone get one?

  • morganh Orem, Utah
    Aug. 26, 2011 11:09 p.m.

    Way to go Brandon. I am glad to have you back.

  • Utah Native Farmington, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 10:50 p.m.

    Best wishes to Brandon from a true-blue Aggie!

  • MotherofFour Springville, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 10:43 p.m.


  • dailynews Augusta, GA
    Aug. 26, 2011 10:13 p.m.

    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.

  • CougarBlue Heber City, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 10:06 p.m.

    Jazzer, just google his name and you will find out.

  • kitsutsuki South Jordan, Utah
    Aug. 26, 2011 9:52 p.m.

    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!

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    Aug. 26, 2011 9:28 p.m.

    We are all very proud of you Brandon.

  • CougarOnTheProwl Murray, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 9:13 p.m.

    Excellent News! Welcome Back Davies!

  • BYU Red Squad Lafayette, Or
    Aug. 26, 2011 8:52 p.m.

    Thank You Brandon for being such a great example of what to do after you stumble!!!

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 7:19 p.m.


  • metamoracoug metamora, IL
    Aug. 26, 2011 7:16 p.m.

    YES! Thank you Brandon for being a man of honor!

  • jazzer St. George, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 7:11 p.m.

    Why did he get suspended??

  • treecaps22 Charlotte, North Carolina
    Aug. 26, 2011 7:11 p.m.

    Well done Brandon. You're an example of someone with courage and principles - welcome back!

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Aug. 26, 2011 6:45 p.m.

    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.

  • Veracity Morgan, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 6:29 p.m.


    Observe and watch this man closely and you will learn what character is...it is in actions not words.

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 6:13 p.m.

    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?

  • SteveO3081 SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 6:11 p.m.


    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.

  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    Aug. 26, 2011 6:11 p.m.

    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.

  • Kankles Miami, Florida
    Aug. 26, 2011 6:03 p.m.

    Congratulations Brandon. Good to see you back.

  • BYU/RSL Fan Provo, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 5:51 p.m.

    Good to have Davies back on the team!

  • IDC Boise, ID
    Aug. 26, 2011 5:51 p.m.

    Great to have him back. Impressive young man.

  • Bearone Monroe, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 5:50 p.m.

    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!

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Aug. 26, 2011 5:50 p.m.

    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

  • 93 COUGAR Orem, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 5:49 p.m.

    Welcome back!

  • mosbyjim Vernal, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 5:48 p.m.

    Congratulations Brandon!

  • deseret pete robertson, Wy
    Aug. 26, 2011 5:46 p.m.

    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.

  • BYU#1 Provo, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 5:44 p.m.

    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.

  • riddlemethis Clearfield, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 5:44 p.m.

    Welcome back Brandon! This is great news!


    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 coincidence.

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 5:43 p.m.

    Great news, I hope he has a great year. I hope he ends up being the leading scorer for this yrs team.

  • bassiley Provo, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 5:42 p.m.

    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.

  • jayelynn Provo, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 5:39 p.m.

    No . . . just in time for school to start. It is exactly the schedule that was the plan! Good job Brandon. Glad you are back!

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 5:36 p.m.


    Just 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.

  • defibman Syracuse, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 5:34 p.m.

    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!

  • On the other hand Spanish Fork, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 5:33 p.m.

    Congratulations and best wishes to Davies.

  • TrueBlue Orem, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 5:33 p.m.

    Welcome back Brandon!

    And, congratulations on having the courage to do what you knew had to be done.

  • Madden Herriman, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 5:31 p.m.

    Great news for all! Except WCC opponents. : )

  • Ironmomo Ogden, Utah
    Aug. 26, 2011 5:27 p.m.

    Just in time for fall ball practice to begin....what a coincidence.

  • UU32 Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 26, 2011 5:26 p.m.

    Congratulations Brandon. This Ute wishes you the best of luck in your career. Happy to see you have the chance to chase your dreams.

  • Keisels Beard Overton, NV
    Aug. 26, 2011 5:24 p.m.

    Excellent news. Welcome back Mr. Davies.