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Rules are rules

So, this column was supposed to be singing the praises of our local hoops hero, Jimmer Fredette.

The Glens Falls graduate is the best player in college basketball, and on Feb. 26, he and his Brigham Young University teammates knocked off San Diego State and moved to third in the rankings.

But, that's not what this column is about.

After perhaps the greatest moment in BYU Cougars hoops history came perhaps the two worst moments.

First, center Brandon Davies was kicked off the team for an Honor Code violation, later reported as having relations with his girlfriend, a violation of the rules at the school run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Then, the Cougs lost by almost 20 to New Mexico, sending them from the penthouse to the outhouse in just over 48 hours.

Around here, the Honor Code and the violation have been met with mocking and confusion. How can a kid get kicked off the team for a little loving? Isn't boozing and debauchery part of college life? He's young, what's the harm in that? He shouldn't be suspended.

Actually, he's lucky to still be in school.

Full disclosure time. In case you don't know, I am a Mormon. I served a two-year mission in California and lived in accordance with the Honor Code while going to school, not at BYU, at school in Orem, Ut.

The Honor Code is a way of life, and everyone who goes to BYU or lives in BYU housing (what I did) knows that - member or non-member. Davies is not a member of the church, but he lived in Provo and knew very well what he was getting into. He made a choice against those rules, and now he (and his teammates and fans) are paying for it.

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