Like I mentioned before, I've run the emotional gamut since I heard about Brandon Davies' dismissal from the BYU basketball team. Well, I'm happy to report that today I've reached a peaceful, transcendent state.
I'm not sure how long it will last, so I figured I'd better write about it now.
In case you didn't know, BYU held a big press conference yesterday featuring Tom Holmoe, Dave Rose and spokesperson Carri Jenkins. They decided to do it because the questions and requests for information about the Honor Code were overwhelming--especially from the national media.
It was then that I started thinking: Maybe some good will come out of this awful situation after all.
At a time when BYU had the country's undivided attention, suddenly the Honor Code (and to some extent the standards of the Mormon Church) were brought to center stage. The verdict? BYU is an institution to be respected and, by comparison, a beacon of light in the murky, unethical and sometimes corrupt world of college athletics.
Our coaches and athletes keep talking about exposure, and this is the right kind of exposure for BYU.
Consider these reports from the national media:
- Really Starting to like BYU - CBS Sports
- ESPN's First Take debates BYU's Honor Code - ESPN
- BYU deserves honor for making tough call to uphold code - LA Times
It's extremely unfortunate that these stories had to come at the expense of a good person, but the good news is Brandon is being taken care of. He's working his way back, he has the support of the school, his team and the fans, and when he comes back he'll be received with open arms.
I feel completely awful for Jimmer and Jackson, two senior guards that deserved the magical season we were about to have, but there is a silver lining to this mess.