In that regard, it is refreshing to see BYU and their fans standing behind that honor code.
I'm not saying every university should abide by such stringent rules. I am not saying BYU should have less stringent rules. I am saying that when you agree to something and fail to live by that agreement, there are ramifications and those ramifications might affect more than just you. Right now, it would be easy to blame BYU coach Dave Rose. It would be easy to blame BYU's administration. It would be easy to blame an athletic program that doesn't value winning above all else. For that matter, it would be easy to blame Brandon Davies.
Instead, BYU fans are nearly universal in standing behind the University and their coach. And their player. Even though that means they are likely to lose out on a possible deep run in the NCAA tournament. No blaming Dave Rose for recruiting sex crazed pervs or being too tough on kids just doin' they thing. No rumors of 4Loko fueled profanity fests involving free condoms and blow. No blaming/threats that the AD "better straighten them out" or else. No angst that the coach is too nice for his own good.
As Dave Rose said:
"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."Very simple. Very elegant. Not always easy to remember. Certainly not always easy to enforce.
It is good that this debate is ongoing. Every college has their own way of dealing with (or ignoring) student misconduct. Brandon Davies isn't the first BYU student to get brought up on honor code violations for getting his groove on. He won't be the last. Traditional media is treating athlete misconduct like it is a new phenomenon. It isn't. Maybe BYU's fans have given us a new model for reacting to how a coach and program handles athlete misconduct.
Then again, maybe I have too much faith in fans.