BYU recently released Brandon Davies, starting center for the Cougars’ men’s basketball team. Reason given, “honor code violation”.
Now, growing up in Utah and being Mormon myself, I’m more than familiar with BYU and their honor code, which stems loosely from standards expected of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
I also happen to be a fan of BYU’s rival school, the University of Utah, so I find myself in a life canundrum. On the one hand, I respect the Church for standing by their rules and guidelines and am completely in agreement with Davies being kicked off the team and possibly out of school.
On the other hand, I hate BYU…fans. If you have ever had the pleasure of meeting a BYU fan during a down year for their current sporting program, nicest people you could ever meet. Now, if you meet that same fan during a year where their team (football or basketball) is having a great season, or in this case, the best year they will ever have…ever, the story is the exact opposite.
BYU fans have trouble handling success. If you think this statement is false or biased in any way…watch this video of a mass celebration in the streets following BYU’s victory over then ranked Oklahoma week 1 of the 2009-10 season.
Week 1. Over a team ranked #3 in the preseason before ever playing a game. These fans act like they just won the BCS National Championship game. Fast forward through the season, Oklahoma losses 5 games and ends the season unranked. BYU gets slaughtered on their own field by Florida State, TCU, and ends up 2nd place in the Mountain West with yet another invite to the “illustrious” Las Vegas Bowl.
Arrogance, self-righteousness, having a sense of entitlement, all great ways to describe the Cougar fan-base. Ever since BYU started to get recognition, or should I say since Jimmer Freddette started to receive recognition, the rumblings started again for the team down south.
“We will win the tourney this year”. “Jimmer Freddette is the best shooter ever to live”, and of course “Jimmer is gonna be unstoppable in the NBA” are all ridiculous comments I have heard personally from friends of mine that attend BYU. Don’t even get me started on the comments I’ve read online.
Because the Cougar fans can never seem to learn to hold off talks of greatness until they actually acheive it, I am thrilled at the prospect of another early exit for the “kitties”.
Once upon a time, there was a modest sports program out of Salt Lake City that went undefeated and shook the college football world in 2004. They liked it so much, they did it again in 2008. As an added bonus, their school was invited to the PAC-10 to play with the big boys.
BYU, meanwhile, went on to lose in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament. They also lose Jimmer Freddette to the NBA, Jackson Emery to graduation, and Coach Dave Rose to a higher paying position. They move on to “solitary” in football and the West Coast Conference for basketball and a few other sports, where they strengthen their rivalry with increasingly competitive Utah State and fade into obscurity.The End
Good story huh?