Ah the Honor Code: Keeping boys out of girls' bathrooms since 1875.
The Honor Code is one of BYU's most prized and recognizable characteristics. It separates us from all the mongrel heathen universities that surround us, and it makes sure that BYU students are clean-cut, presentable and 100% drug free. Truly the Honor Code is a great thing.
But sometimes it doesn't work out too well for our beloved athletes. How often have we read in the newspapers "[Insert star athlete's name here] suspended indefinitely for Honor Code violations"?
It's gotten to the point that when I hear about a non-Mormon newcomer to BYU athletics I think "I hope we can get one or two good years out of this guy before he gets canned."
Don't tell me you're not thinking it too.
The athletic communications people dull it down with phrases like "Violation of team rules," but we savvy BYU fans know what's really going on: Someone's been sneaking the O'Douls.
Why do I bring this up now? Well, you've probably heard of Manti Te'o. Furthermore, you've probably heard that he's crossed BYU off his list. What you may not know, though, is there are crazy rumors flying around about certain recruits getting down with certain banned drinks in certain social gatherings. These actions, allegedly, put the kibosh on a certain Hawaiian football player's recruitment.
Now I do not condone such rumors, and I suspect we'll find out the full story soon, but supposedly there are even more suspensions coming.
Imperfect fans like myself are upset. It seems like BYU is always going to find a way to shoot itself in the foot when they're on the verge of making progress.
So I thought I'd take this time to ask you, my readers, a question: How do you feel about the BYU honor code?
It seems like a simple question, but I want you to dig down deep. Share your darkest thoughts. Will BYU ever be able to get athletes to play for us under the HC restrictions? Does the HC help or hurt our athletic program? Is the HC outdated? I want you to express your true feelings. Write it out.