College Upholds Moral Code, Suspends Star Player

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A Brigham Young University star player is off the basketball court just as the No. 3 team prepares for March madness.

The school suspended Brandon Davies for the season after he admitted having pre-marital sex -- a violation of the school's honor code.

Fans call him "Dunkin' Davies," but for now, he's no longer a BYU Cougar.

The strict Mormon school suspended him from the team for violating the university's honor code.

CBN News spoke with Gerson Moreno-Riano, dean of undergraduate studies at Regent University, for his reaction to BYU's decision. Click play for his comments, following this report.

"The first thing we did was put our arms around him. And our number one thing then, now and in the future, is going to be to look out for his best interests," BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe said.

The university's code of ethics requires students live a chaste life, attend church, abstain from alcohol, tobacco, and even tea and coffee.

"When students come to the university, they agree to uphold the honor code," Carri Jenkins, BYU assistant to the president, said. "It's something that our students actually, they want to uphold the code. This is the environment they want to live in."

The Cougars missed the 6-foot-9 sophomore Wednesday when they lost to the University of New Mexico. But players support the school's decision and Davies' honesty.

"He's like a brother to us you know -- family," BYU guard Jimmer Fredette said. "And it's tough to lose a guy like that."

"Obviously our thoughts and prayers are with Brandon," teammate Charles Abouo added.

There is talk other schools may be looking to recruit Davies. But he still has a future at BYU.

School policy states the Davies can choose to pursue reinstatement by going through a review process.

"At a time when college football has shown an incredible leniency toward players and towards misbehavior, here comes BYU with this story that speaks to honor and dignity and playing by the rules," said sports writer Christine Brennan.

This wasn't the first time the university made a tough decision based on morals.

Reno Mahe was a star football player at BYU 13 years ago but was kicked off the team for getting his girlfriend pregnant.

"I am grateful for a school that has not lowered its standards," Mahe said.

Mahe is now married with children. He said BYU taught him humility as he went on to an NFL career with the Philadelphia Eagles.

*Originally broadcast on March 4, 2011.

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