BYU Benches Star Player: “And so shines a good deed in a weary world”
There is a great scene in the movie Hoosiers where the small town high school basketball coach played by Gene Hackman benches one of his star players during a game because of an attitude problem. As they begin to lose, the parents are screaming for him to get the kid back in the game. Principals be damned, there is a game to be won! Hackman doesn’t buckle as there is a higher value he is trying to drive home to his team.
A real life Hoosiers moment hit the college basketball world this week when Bringham Young University benched its scoring star Brandon Davies for an honor code violation. The violation? He admitted pre-marital sexual relations with his girlfriend.
Of course now a chorus of ridicule is being heaped on the Mormon based university for it “puritanical” honor code that seems out of step with the times but what is encouraging is seeing a growing wave of support for this point of light in a weary world.
Even Jon Stewart on The Daily Show showed an admiration for the decision in its Tales of Principled Behavior section. I include the video but with the disclaimer of a PG-13 rating. (The relevant section is in the second half of the clip)
Kudos to BYU for standing firm despite this action severely affecting their Division D Championship possibilities and kudos to Davies himself who has come to the games, sat on the bench, and supported his team.
“Piglets For Progress”: Bringing A Little Heaven To EarthBy Steve
Christianity / Movie Review / Social Commentary
Nicholas Cage gets Left BehindBy Steve
Grace of God / Guy Stuff / Social Commentary
Video Games, Porn, and The Demise of GuysBy Steve
Christianity / Church Life / Social Commentary
The New Sacraments: MysteryBy Steve
Americana / Christianity / Hong Kong / Obama / Social Commentary / Steve's Life
A Hong Kong Thanksgiving!By Steve
Books / Colorado / Social Commentary / Steve's Life
Pet Peeves of Working in a BookstoreBy Steve
Books / Social Commentary
Eat, Pray,…Marry?By Steve
Americana / Books / Christianity / Film / Movie Review
Blue Like Jazz: Movie & The BookBy Steve
Film / Star Trek
More Star TrekBy Steve
In Memorium / Social Commentary
In Memorium: Christopher Hitchens 1949 – 2011By Steve