The big story to me, however, isn't the success on the court but rather the commitment to the schools very rigorous honor code. From the Salt Lake Tribune:
So let's get one thing straight: the honor code is strict but not draconian. Davies did not get booted from the basketball team for sipping a coffee, swearing, or growing a beard. BYU never reveals details about honor code issues to the public, so unless Davies talks we'll never know what he did.Three days after recording the biggest regular-season win in program history, a win over San Diego State that propelled the BYU basketball team to a No. 3 national ranking and into serious consideration for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the Cougars’ postseason hopes were dealt a devastating blow. Starting center Brandon Davies was dismissed from the team on Tuesday because he ran afoul of the school’s strict honor code. BYU announced in a terse news release that Davies, a 6-foot-9 sophomore from Provo High, “will not represent the university on the men’s basketball team throughout the remainder of the 2010-11 season” because of a “violation of the BYU Honor Code.”Among other things, the code forbids premarital sex, the use of alcohol and illegal drugs, and cheating on schoolwork.
The amazing thing to me is that BYU is actually getting a lot of respect in some media outlets for their actions. For example, here is a clip from ESPN singing BYU's praises:
BYU put their standards before fame and fortune, and I applaud them for it.