With all due respect to Brigham Young University and its legions of followers around the world, you may want to plug your ears with this next piece of news.
While it’s true that Brandon Davies was indeed reinstated to the basketball team this week, and while it does mark yet another Cougar player who has successfully made it through the university’s renowned intervention program, aka “The Honor Code,” one reinstatement does not a team make.
Davies dared to go where few Cougars–at least in public–have dared to wander. He and his girl skipped away, into some abyss devoid of all that’s wholesome and right. While there, he stopped off and got himself in a little trouble in some town, possibly in Arizona, and possibly in Utah. Nobody really knows for sure, and for how long this went on.
She played volleyball, he specialized in basketball. The story goes that they formed a duo–a small team, if you will–who battled the forces of Evil (or Honor Code Office) and almost won, were it not for one thing.
Alas, Davies’ conscience got the best of him and he turned himself in to these so-called evildoers, rather than face God’s mighty wrath.
The moral of the story is this: Don’t mess with someone greater than yourself, even if the person doing the messing around is over 6 feet tall, and a volleyball player who attends a slightly different kind of school in “The Valley of the Sun.”
It almost sounds like a phantasmagoric type of film when you get right down to matters, with scenes ripped from pages of a Harlequin novel written by some middle-aged woman who has too much time on her hands and not enough ink to sensationalize what is essentially a forbidden love story.
While Davies will never, ever be confused with the virtuous, almost God-like and certainly mythical creature that wore the No. 32 jersey, Brandon will be remembered–and possibly revered in some parts–for having the cojones to stand up to what some perceive is a ridiculous piece of legislation.
While Jimmer is in the NBA dancing around like some hoops fairy spreading goodwill and cheer on every possession that graces his soft, ivory hands and makes him some seven-figure endorsement deal even if he barely nets double figures in his rookie season, it is also fair to say that Brandon is back in Cougars’ fans good graces.
Did Davies do wrong by doing what he supposedly did with some Arizona State coed? Yes, because the Cougars are reportedly independent, and to do that something that he supposedly did with this girl (we’ll leave her name out of the discussion because it’s meaningless now) was wrong morally, and it doesn’t say a lot about Brandon’s taste in conference affiliations.
He could have had relations with somebody from the Mountain West Conference, for heck sakes, and maybe stayed in the same area, like UNLV.
However, you have to look at the bright side here. Had Davies cozied up with a Rebel–or worse yet, a Ute–the ramifications would have lasted far longer than with some broad from the Pac-12.
Back then, it was water under the bridge to snuggle with a Sun Devil. Now, it would be akin to sleeping with the enemy. Or, the friend of a friend of your mortal enemy.
All joking aside, Davies is an integral part of BYU as it begins its post-Jimmer era with many uncertainties. For example, who will shoot the rock from beyond mid-court? Who in their right mind would endure the interviews, photo ops, memorabilia escapades and countless marriage proposals?
One thing is clear: Davies might be the first to act on the latter, considering there was a time, not so long ago, that he paid little attention to “The Code.”
Sure, the guy just wanted to spread his wings and fly a little, and like many journalists said at the time of the dirty deed, what’s the harm in a grown man doing that?
At BYU, the damage he caused was reprehensible. The loss of Davies arguably cost BYU a major run in the NCAA Tournament, and a tournament title in its final year as a Mountain West Conference member. All the while, Davies sat the bench in street clothes, sometimes in a goofy hat, others in a white shirt and tie and still he said all the right things.
That’s not gonna happen at any other school in the Western Hemisphere, with the possible exception of military academies and schools for nuns.
Will Davies get BYU back to March Madness in the 2011-12 season? Not likely, with the current bunch of players on the roster. But what he can do, now that the Jimmer saga is finally over, is get back to playing basketball the Cougar way.
BYU didn’t play hoops the Coug Way when Jimmer was around; they played ball the Jimmer Way. That is, get out of Jimmer’s way while he runs the floor looking to chuck up prayer offerings from 40 feet and beyond.
Had these bombs from God not gone in, we wouldn’t be here talking about how Davies possibly ruined the Cougars’ chances of equaling their best run in the NCAA Tourney since some dude named Ainge ran around like some white black person, doing tricks like Pistol Pete’s, and possibly Isiah Thomas’ ghost.
And maybe, just maybe, over time and blood and sweat and tears, all will be forgiven in Cougar Land and Davies can just go back to playing basketball the way he wants to play it.
You would have to think that the man has paid his dues. Lucky for him, it’s football season, and nobody is paying any attention at the moment to his return.