Ah, good ol' BYU. In the heart of Mormon country, this devout religious university, with it's tradition of upholding it's strict personal conduct code, just laid themselves out like wholesale carpeting for an ass-thumping in the NCAA tournament later this month by suspending their best rebounder for the rest of the year. Brandon Davies, their 6'9" power forward and one of the few brothers on the team, also averaged a little over 11 points a game, no small feat considering their leading scorer, Jimmer Fredette, is a prolific and out-of-control chucker. This nut box has been given the green light to shoot whenever he wants, and his fits of offensive goonery are reminiscent of the runaway train in "The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3".
Yes, this team has a nice record against top-50 opponents, but that detail in and of itself is misleading. Once you get past the top 15-20, there is a pronounced dropoff in the level of competition. And in the NCAA Tournament, if BYU gets sent East, they'll be exposed for the type of team they are-one dimensional and lacking talent and athleticism. And now more than ever they are severely depleted in the front line because they caught Davies having out-of-wedlock sex with his girlfriend.
Well, it doesn't matter. I don't know if this young man will finish getting his degree at BYU, seeing as his name and likeness has already been removed from their website, but I hope he can put this incident in his rear view mirror and keep it moving. And I certainly hope he doesn't feel guilty about what happened, because the worse thing any institution should do is pry into a person's private affairs.