Brigham Young University sophomore forward Brandon Davies, a force in BYU’s nationally ranked starting lineup, has been dismissed from the basketball team indefinitely for admitting to having sex with his girlfriend, according to several news reports.
The Salt Lake Tribune reported March 2 that BYU officials met with Davies on Feb. 28 to discuss his violation of the school’s honor code, which as stated on the school’s website, requires all students to “live a chaste and virtuous life,” as well as abstain from alcohol beverages, tobacco, coffee, tea, and drug abuse.
According to ESPN.com, BYU officials have only confirmed that Davies’ dismissal is the not result of any criminal activity, but BYU head coach Dave Rose said during a postgame press conference that a commitment to the school had been broken.
“Everybody who comes to BYU, every student if they’re an athlete or not an athlete, they make a commitment when they come,” Rose said, according to ESPN.com. “A lot of people try to judge if this is right or wrong, but it’s a commitment they make. It’s not about right or wrong. It’s about commitment.”
University spokeswoman Carri Jenkins is reported to have said the honor code is still being reviewed to determine if Davies will be allowed to return as a student in the future.
BYU played its first basketball game without Davies on the roster on March 2 and was blasted by New Mexico, 84-62. Just a week earlier, Davies had picked up his third double-double of the season with 14 points and 15 rebounds in a 84-76 win over Colorado State. He then helped BYU reach No. 3 nationally ranked status with an 80-67 win over San Diego State on Feb. 26. Now the team will surely lose its top-5 status, and may miss out earning a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Championship Tournament.
BYU star senior Jimmer Fredette told ESPN after their loss to New Mexico that Davies apologized to the team.
“He told us he was sorry and let us down,” Fredette said. “We told him it’s OK. Sometimes in life we make mistakes. We’ve got to play through it.”