Friday, March 04, 2011

What Many Don't Understand About LDS Church, BYU and Athletics

It is amazing how much of a national issue Brandon Davies' suspension from BYU's basketball team has been. For the most part, the decision to remove Davies from the team for violating BYU's honor code has been praised nationally. That Honor Code is:

-- Be honest
-- Live a chaste and virtuous life
-- Obey the law and all campus policies
-- Use clean language
-- Respect others
-- Abstain from alcoholic beverages, tobacco, tea, coffee, and substance abuse
-- Participate regularly in church services
-- Observe the Dress and Grooming Standards
-- Encourage others in their commitment to comply with the Honor Code

Every students agrees to this as part of his/her admission. Violation of this can result in their dismissal. One does not need to be LDS to attend BYU but every student must agree and abide by this code.

On one hand, it is too bad for Davies that his transgression went public (premarital sex). On the other hand, it has brought national attention to BYU and its honor code.

Ex-BYU student athletes including Danny Ainge, Ty Detmer, and Reno Mahe (who was suspended for the same reason as Davies), among others, have expressed their positive opinions.

This past week, all four Salt Lake City sports talk radio stations covered this honor code topic in depth. As I was radio station surfing, I caught ESPN Radio's Colin Cowherd, whom I can't stand listening to, felt BYU needs to
loosen up and join the real world
. He stated that it puts them at a disadvantage in the national picture. Perhaps. But BYU and the LDS Church are not about becoming more mainstream or dropping their standards.

BYU will never drop its standards to become more accepted. It will not play on Sunday's (so what if they cannot play in major athletic conferences). It will support the Church's standards to the best of its abilities. Everyone there is not perfect but everyone tries to do the right thing. If a student, teacher or administrator does not agree with these rules, then BYU is not for them.

Thanks goodness for BYU. I just wish more religious schools (Norte Dame and Boston College to name two large ones) would adhere to their Christian principles principles and help set the bar high. There are Eric Liddell's (Chariots of Fire) out there that practice their faith.

We Mormon's hope we are more than and athlete, businessman, scientist, teacher, rather that we are God-fearing people that are always striving to lead a course of personal righteous, serving our fellow man, and leaving the world a better place for having been here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Blah blah blah!!!! Loosen up and listen to cowherd. You can do all those ThI G's and still enjoy life and not be so BORING!!!