BYU basketball: Brandon Davies says school, team supported him through ordeal

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  • Come On Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 10, 2011 4:27 p.m.

    deepblue....seriously 9 months later people are still saying its the girl from ASU? She had NOTHING to do with brandons suspension!! And you as well have no idea what type of scrunity she has been under or what her life has been like being blamed for something she didn't do!!

  • DeepBlue Anaheim, CA
    Nov. 10, 2011 1:05 p.m.


    As an ASU athlete, she hasn't had to deal with the intense public scrutiny that Brandon was subjected to; as to how she's doing, I'm guessing she'd probably prefer to keep that confidential.

  • WA_Alum&Dad Marysville, WA
    Nov. 9, 2011 11:05 p.m.

    SG, you and I had very different experiences at the Y. When I was there from 1981-1986, I had plenty of friends and acquaintences at school, and with the exception of a couple of the hundred I knew personally, the students and faculty were striving to live what they had committed to in signing the honor code. Two of my children who are currently enrolled there can speak for the environment now.

    Based on the tone of your comment, the broad generalizations and the fact that you are hiding behind a screen name and give no supporting facts, I don't believe your story at all. Back it up, or fess up.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    Nov. 9, 2011 10:23 p.m.

    Brandon Davies is a very special kid... Few people will ever know what he had to go through to get back to where he is today... They say that the measure of a man is how well he bounces when he is knocked down... This kid got knocked down about as hard as anyone can be knocked down and he was able to pick himself up, go through the pentance process and return to the hardwood with a blue and white BYU uniform on... I wager that very few people could or would have done that.

    Brandon is a talented guy.... I hope he has a career year and that he develops into a solid pro prospect... I will always follow this kid's career wherever it leads because he is someone that deserves respect and deserves to be followed.

  • Chris Degn Seoul, Korea
    Nov. 9, 2011 9:35 p.m.

    Brandon, thanks for showing class and representing well! We wish you much success and happiness. May you have an great season this year - and more importantly, may you have an awesome life! Take the moral/ethical/spiritual lessons learned from the experience and make yourself a positive role model for others. You're a big man physically on the court, but with the attitude you've had through all this, you're an even bigger man on the court of life! God bless you.

  • Duh west jordan, ut
    Nov. 9, 2011 7:14 p.m.

    Kudos to Brandon, who cares about anyones opinions. BYU will never lose sleep over those who don't want to go there and sign the honor code. It is all about principle and those who scoff at it are just ignorant because they know that they could never live the code so they stoop to low levels to blast it.

  • Aggie238 Logan, UT
    Nov. 9, 2011 7:00 p.m.

    Kudos to Davies for coming forward with it and getting things taken care of. That takes guts in his situation. However, BYU should have suspended the idiot that leaked the more specific nature of his wrongdoing. IMO that is almost as bad as what he did, given the already high profile nature of the incident. But he weathered it like a champ, and although I'll be yelling at him on Friday like all the rest of the players, I won't be making any reference to his past actions. I'll leave that to people who might not respect that as much.

    USU 81, BYU 74

  • CalmDown Saint George, Utah
    Nov. 9, 2011 6:47 p.m.

    Come On,
    Thank you. Yes, you are actually correct, and you correct me. There were two.

    Tom and MU,
    Thank you both. I hope you both are right. But, I could guess and hope all by myself. I just thought it might be nice to KNOW that she/they was/are well.

  • Come On Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 9, 2011 4:36 p.m.

    Tom in CA - how in the world would you know that or what her life has been like. Plus there are two very different people that are associated with this story, besides Brandon. One has absolutely nothing to do with the story, one it totally involved.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 9, 2011 4:15 p.m.


    From Brandon's comments I gather they are no longer together so hopefully she has been able to put it behind her just as he has, with the help of loving family, friends and church leaders. The advantage she has over Brandon is the ability to slip back into anonymity.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 9, 2011 4:07 p.m.


    If what you say is true, it's the Bishops that should be ashamed. They are the gatekeepers and the ones who have to sign off on every prospective student's worthiness and understanding of the honor code as well as their committment to live the honor code. Any Bishop who sends kids to BYU knowing they shouldn't be there is wrong and is putting the school in a difficult position.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Nov. 9, 2011 1:20 p.m.

    Calm Down - I'm sure she's doing just fine.

  • live4uid PLEASANT GROVE, UT
    Nov. 9, 2011 11:40 a.m.

    What an outstanding young man. I disagree with sg, too. People are always going to disobey rules, but to call standards that every church member should be living antiquated just shows where you are spiritually. Best of luck to you.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    Nov. 9, 2011 11:00 a.m.

    @SG: I 100% disagree with you. The honor code at BYU is real and it is followed. And... it is more strictly enforced than it used to be. I have known a few people who had no business at BYU and should have been turned into the Standards Office. But, just because they weren't doesn't mean the code is not real or not followed by the VAST MAJORITY of students. The vast majority of students are following the rules and becoming outstanding people. We all make mistakes, but in general, any mature individual has NO PROBLEM keeping the honor code at BYU.

    Signing the Code is merely to make sure students know that this is serious and they are required to abide by their word. I'm sorry you are so embittered by your experience at BYU. Having attended another university has made me understand that my degrees from BYU are some of the greatest blessings of my life.

    I was in attendance at the Wyoming game last year. When Brandon went up to cut his part of the net, the crowd went wild. Everyone supported him 100%

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    Nov. 9, 2011 10:59 a.m.


    BYU didn't make Brandon the poster child for BYU's Honor Code; the media did that; the only thing BYU ever did was announce Brandon's suspension from the team and his re-admittance to BYU.

    I couldn't care less about the heresay of a member of a bishopric who would brand an entire institution as liars and dishonorable because of the actions of a few.

    It's ironic that the very people who complain the most about having to sign the honor code, are the ones who seem to have the hardest keeping it, while the majority of those who abide by honor code, would do so even if they weren't required to sign it.

    To my wife and I and five of our children who have attended BYU, signing the honor code has been a meer formality because, except for a few specific dress and grooming standards, the honor code simply codified LDS standards that we were already living.

  • Ted's of Beverly Hills Las Vegas, Nevada
    Nov. 9, 2011 10:09 a.m.

    Wish I could count on Aggie fan to keep it classy when it comes to this particular situation. I'm sure, in light of the way they acted towards Unga, they'll bring the "creativity." Pretty sad.

  • sg newhall, CA
    Nov. 9, 2011 9:47 a.m.

    I support Brandon for what he did; however, for BYU to react to his "confession" and make him the poster child of the honor code is unconscionable. It is a known fact among current students and alum that the honor code is a joke. Years ago while attending BYU, my health teacher, who at the time was the track coach and member of a bishopric in one of the student wards declared that BYU wouldn't even have a student body to speak of if the honors code committee knew what bishoprics knew concerning the blatant violation of the code. Brandon should never have been subjected to the discipline and public scrutiny. BYU is not as clean and upholding as it is made for us to believe. Yes, I survived the Y, but I would never encourage or endorse the school to kids I know. The whole honor code is antiquated and very ineffective. To even have to sign such a code indicates that the school doesn't trust the word of its students. To have to sign a piece of paper? Really.

  • CalmDown Saint George, Utah
    Nov. 9, 2011 9:41 a.m.

    Always good to see people working things out in their lives.

    As the father of a daughter, I'm curious how the young woman is faring. She may not be a popular athlete, but her soul is just as valuable. I hope she's doing well too.

    Anyone know?

  • AggieNation Roosevelt, Utah
    Nov. 9, 2011 9:39 a.m.

    Good. He's gonna need all the support he can get. Come 11-11-11, the Spectrum will show no mercy for Davies. Go Aggies!

    USU 74 BYU 69

  • riddlemethis Clearfield, UT
    Nov. 9, 2011 8:18 a.m.

    love this kid

  • TonyaLee TUCSON, AZ
    Nov. 9, 2011 8:17 a.m.

    Love the Atonement!! I love the fact and am so grateful that the Lord does not remember our sins and in his eyes we become "white as snow". Good job Brandon!!!

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Nov. 9, 2011 7:38 a.m.

    Congrats to Davies for owning up and handling it all with class. And to BYU fans for supporting him. After viewing the Penn St mess, it is clearer than ever that integrity matters more than winning, ESPECIALLY when winning matters, too. BYU showed that in walking away from a #1 seed. I hope that if there is ever a case of abuse (ala Sandusky) at BYU, they will have the courage to stop it and report it.

    To all you Honor Code detractors, what in the end matters more? For LDS bloggers: What would you say to your kids when they have to choose between the standards of the LDS Church and the standards of the world? Why should BYU not seek to institutionalize its values? What would it look like if they didn't??

  • oldschool Farmington, UT
    Nov. 9, 2011 7:24 a.m.

    Brandon, Basketball is not the only thing going for you right now. What you have going for you are your family, your friends, your character, your leaders, your God. Basketball is not that important, and even if you go on to become a great pro player someday, your family and your character will be all that really counts, especially after your basketball career ends, which it surely will. I salute you for keeping your head held high, for agreeing to talk with the media, which is how you reach the public and your fans. We're pulling for you to stay on the right path and make the most of your life. You have a great deal of responsibility as a role model. We don't expect our role models to be perfect because nobody is perfect. But remember that as a high profile representative of your school, your church and your family, you can lead by example and show others who make mistakes how to overcome them and make their weaknesses their strengths. In the meantime, go out there and have the best season ever.

    Nov. 9, 2011 7:24 a.m.

    Go Brandon. You are a great example of a person moving on in a mature way. As another poster said, you chose "the road less traveled." You decided not to be a whiner and sniveler and finger-pointer. What a cool guy you are. Your character will see you through tough times in the years ahead (we all have some of those). Meanwhile, some of the whiners who never learned to man-up to responsibilites because of their jock status will be wondering how they missed out on some life survival skills that could have helped them off the court when their jock status no longer mattered. (Not saying by any means that all current so-called jocks lack character, but I think readers will get my drift here.)

  • seankrob Loganville, GA
    Nov. 9, 2011 5:39 a.m.

    I think it is awesome that Brandon is back and kudos to the BYU Men's Players for rallying around one of their own in a time a great need. Regardless of what happens on the court Brandon and BYU Men's Basketball or a first rate act. Wish there was more of this type of team unity in sports. Glad to have you back with the BYU men in Blue, Brandon!

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Nov. 9, 2011 4:47 a.m.

    I salute Brandon for "taking the road less traveled". We all make mistakes, but he's an inspiration to many for sticking it out and doing the right thing. I'm looking forward to watching him dominate on the floor this season. It's going to be another fantastic season for the Cougs.

  • BlueNtheFace Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    Nov. 9, 2011 12:16 a.m.

    Just take it to the Aggies on Friday, brother! Don't worry about the rest. It's over.

    Go Cougars.

    BYU 78
    USU 72