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Published: Friday, Sept. 9 2011 1:55 p.m. MDT

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The Rock
Federal Way, WA

I fully expected Davies to return. If the news media also expected Davies return then they may not consider it to be news.

If I were in Brandon's shoes I would not want any publicity on this. Nevertheless, there will be plenty of publicity when basketball season starts and Brandon plays. It will be mentioned on every TV broadcast. The better Brandon plays the more it will be mentioned and the story will last through the entire basketball season.

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Are you kidding me?

I can answer the title of the article in 2 seconds.
Brandon Davies return and lack of stories says absolutely nothing about the media!
If he was reinstated right at the beginning of the NCAA Tourney to a top 10 team in the country which also has the most popular player on its roster...well then it would have had just as much or MORE attention.
So silly to make it into anything else.

junkgeek
Agua Dulce, TX

Yes, most of the media has not covered the reinstatement because they thought the suspension was ridiculous the first time around and that the Honor Code office did not come looking very good (many BYU fans and church members agree with the sentiment about the Honor Code office while they supported the suspension).

GiuseppeG
Murray, Utah

Uh, earth to media, that boat sailed decades ago. There's no "leads to" or "perception" about it anymore.

tdlawton
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Really... BYU was a Top-20 team with a marque player (Jimmer) in the stretch run of the season. A key player was suspended, for something that is not against the rules at 99% of US Universities. Of course that was News.

Does anyone really think that when that player is reinstated before classes start the next fall (and let's face it we all new he would be) that deserves equal time?

Really? The premises of this column makes no sense.

LonestarRunner
Salt Lake City, UT

It's true, the media doesn't have the same zeal for follow-up stories, but I think the biggest reason for the perceived lack of interest is the timing. Football season just started and very few people are paying any attention to basketball. When the college basketball season starts and Brandon starts playing again, you'll see alot more interest in the media about Brandon's return.

The vast majority of commentary on BYU's handling of Brandon's suspension has been positive; even though some disagreed with BYU's policies, most media and fans admired BYU's willingness to stick to it's principles, especially in the face of all of the scandals in other programs we've seen across the country.

DonO
Draper, UT

The media are like magpies and crows, squawking and diving after anything shiney and attention grabbing. Getting kicked off a potentially championship team was super-shiney and attention grabbing. Being reinstated means very little to anyone except Davies, BYU and their local fans. The media are off doing what they do best...looking for the sensational.

Moderate
Salt Lake City, UT

If you're concerned that the media didn't follow up on the Brandon Davies story, then perhaps the whole thing was just a stunt to get BYU some good PR. Credit the media for seeing through that.

IDC
Boise, ID

Davies reinstatement reinforces at least a portion of what is good about BYU, religion, and the LDS church. Those entities have morals they stick to and it offends some people. Davies suspention allowed many to throw mud, his reinstatement doesn't give the same opportunity. I don't know Davies personally but this situation has shown a lot about his integrity, backbone, and upbringing. You can find those same qualities elsewhere, you can definitley find them at BYU.

Wayne Rout
El Paso, TX

The national media is Democrat, leftist, anti-familly, anti-religion and very pro toward the whole socialist agenda. Positive news will generally be ignored. News that does not fit with the Obama agenda will be ignored. They won't mention union take over of a business in Washington state where they held 6 guards hostage, they won't mention any positive news about American values, they won't mention the Obamista's involment of selling guns to Mexican drug gangs, etc. They try to manage the news very carefully to hide things from the people and to make stories where there are none. It is great that Brandon is back, but that is good news and shows the compassion in the honor code. It is not going to be mentioned.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

The only question is why did he get kicked off in the first place? He's a normal guy doing normal things.

Only byu makes normal things abnormal and punishable by the most severe consequences possible. Death by guilt is how they live.

CougarBlue
Heber City, UT

The Media bases their business on negative articles. For Brandon it is probably a relief not to be the focal point. Glad to have him back and kudos to him for showing his quality character.

riddlemethis
Clearfield, UT

The terms of Brandon's suspension were that he would be suspended for the rest of the year. It has always been understood that he would be able to be back this year. There isn't really a whole lot to report at the moment per se. I suspect as the season unfolds, and if Brandon can continue his success we will see more stories about it.

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I was surprised to see it as news on the bottom ticker on ESPN the day it was announced he was reinstated. To me that was more attention given than I would have expected.
I say this because Davies was reinstated IN AUGUST! If it was announced in early March it would have had the same attention given as last year when he was suspended.

bikeboy
Boise, ID

IMO, the ADD media are only a reflection of our ADD society.

Next story!

defibman
Syracuse, UT

@ Chris B

"The only question is why did he get kicked off in the first place? He's a normal guy doing normal things."

So does this mean that you have broken a sacred promise and felt so bad about, that you have approached some people that you knew would bring heartache and pain to and confess your wrong doing? That is, if you considered yourself a "normal" guy?

Somehow, we all just can't see that happening.

What some people see as "normal" really amazes me.

sammyg
Springville, UT

Don't worry, the media will pick it up when the season is in full tilt and BYU once again gains some attention.

All of the details will again become media fodder.

Dr Rosenrosen
Gilbert, AZ

Thanks Chris B for another daily dose of judgement and lunacy. Got anymore predictions for us? Your comments make me think of the old Bosom Buddies theme song: "I don't care what you say anymore this is my life. Go ahead with your own life leave me alone."

texlds
Dallas, TX

It was covered. It has a byline on ESPN well outside of the basketball season. That's actually pretty big.

KamUte
South Jordan, UT

Thanks Sarah. Surely there is something else to report on like beer being purchased at the campus 7-11 in Provo.

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