The Honor Code is based on the church's beliefs and moral standards. A local radio guy called the rules "archaic" during a radio show recently. I call them eternal.
Here's the Honor Code:
Live a chaste and virtuous lifestyle (what Davies' folly falls under);
Obey the law and all campus policies;
Use clean language;
Abstain from alcoholic beverages, tobacco, tea, coffee and substance abuse;
Participate in regular church service;
Observe dress and grooming standards;
Encourage others in their commitment to comply with the Honor Code.
This comes down to a couple things. The first one is a lot like the moral of another column I wrote recently: if you can't live the standards, don't go there. It's that simple.
The other is not telling me that the way I live my life is archaic. I still strive to live by the standards I have learned in church, on my mission, in school and throughout my life. If you can't live by the principals listed above, that's fine and I wish you all the best on your personal path. But don't tell me the way I live my life is "ridiculous," and should be "thrown out like all other archaic rules."
Also, when you make a commitment and you do not live up to it, you're not just hurting yourself. You hurt your teammates, your school or organization, your family, your friends and your reputation. This is on Davies. He signed the Code and committed to live the standards of the Mormon Faith. He made the decision he did, and he has to live with the consequences while BYU fans like myself may be left to wonder, "what if."
It's a lesson in being responsible for your actions and for your responsibilities. I applaud BYU for holding to their standards and Davies for stepping up, being a man and doing what he has to to get back on the court next season - sans Jimmer.
And maybe next week I can give Jimmer his due when BYU is advancing in the tourney. Go Cougs!
Keith Lobdell is the Editor of the Valley News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org