BYU Kicks Out Brandon Davies Over Premarital Sex

The Brigham Young University basketball team has kicked out starting big man, Brandon Davies, for allegedly violating the school’s honor code when he admitted to engaging in premarital sex with his girlfriend.

The third-ranked Cougars dismissed Davies on Tuesday, a day after he reportedly admitted to team officials that he violated the school’s honor code, which requires students to “live a chaste and virtuous life.” Davies’ dismissal for the rest of the season could hurt the currently third-ranked BYU Cougars‘ bid to reach the NCAA Final Four. As if to prove just how significant Davies was for BYU, the Cougars lost badly to New Mexico, 82-64, on Wednesday in their first game without their leading rebounder. Davies, who averaged 11.1 points and 6.2 rebounds in 26 starts this season, remains a BYU student pending final resolution of his case.

BYU, which is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is known to be strict in the implementation of its Honor Code, which also requires students to abstain from alcohol, tobacco, tea, and coffee.