Brandon Davies will be on BYU bench during Mountain West tournament
Brandon Davies, the Brigham Young University player who was suspended by the school for violating its honor code by having sex with his girlfriend, is expected to sit on the bench in the team's Mountain West Conference tournament opener today in Las Vegas.
"He's as big a part of this team as anyone on this team," senior guard Jackson Emery said Wednesday. "He screwed up. We've all screwed up in our individual ways. But it's good to have him here. He's helped us get to this part of the year and it's a big confidence boost to know that he's on the bench supporting us and not somewhere else."
Davies remains a student at the school, which is affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "I just think it's important for his teammates," Coach Dave Rose said of the eighth-ranked Cougars. "There's not a message. This is about our team. We decided to bring him because we thought it would be good for both of us."
Rose said it has "yet to be determined" whether Davies, the team's leading rebounder and third-leading scorer when he was suspended March 1, would accompany the team to NCAA tournament games.
| March 10, 2011; 9:31 AM ET
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