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Posted at 9:31 AM ET, 03/10/2011

Brandon Davies will be on BYU bench during Mountain West tournament

By Cindy Boren

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.

By Cindy Boren  | March 10, 2011; 9:31 AM ET
Categories:  College basketball  
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Comments

He should be thrown out of school. He broke their beloved honor code. What happens if just an average student breaks the honor code? What happens to them? He cannot play but gets to sit on the bench, what a bunch of phonies. I hope they go down in the first game.

Posted by: diamond_jim | March 10, 2011 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Phonies? There are lots of schools with codes of conduct. Very few of these schools enforce them. Especially with one of the star players on the basketball team. Especially, especially when you are ranked third in the nation. If you are a good athlete you get away with murder. It sounds to me like BYU values it's integrity more than a win. Sounds more like the opposite of phony to me. (I also know for a fact that at BYU there is a honor code board that look at each situation and violation individually. You aren't automatically removed from the school for honor code violations. Even if you are not a star basketball player)

Posted by: jamesie_77 | March 10, 2011 10:45 PM | Report abuse

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