BYU player suspended for violation of honor code

PROVO, Utah (AP) - BYU coach Dave Rose is vowing his Cougars will recover from twin challenges that put a damper on their standout season this week.

The third-ranked Cougars are reeling after leading rebounder Brandon Davies was kicked off the team Tuesday for violating the university's honor code and an ugly 82-64 loss to New Mexico on Wednesday - the worst setback by a team ranked in the AP top-three in six years.

"Brandon Davies was involved from the very beginning. As a matter of fact, Dave and I spoke right off the bat and the first thing we did was put our arms around him. And our number one thing then, now and in the future, is going to be to look out for his best interests and to be able to make sure that we can help him along the process of getting him back to be with the team and to participate with the team and to get back on track to achieving all his dreams," Tom Holmoe, Athletic Director, BYU.

Right now what's happening is that there is an honor code review underway that will determine his status as a student.

At the strictly Mormon Brigham Young University--all students must promise to adhere to a formal code of ethics that almost seems quaint in 2011. Students pledge to not only "use clean language" -- "abstain from alcoholic beverages, tobacco, tea, coffee"-they must also promise to "Live a chaste and virtuous life."

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