BLOG: Deadspin article gives forum to disgruntled former Cougars

2011-04-13T20:15:00Z 2011-07-05T16:19:13Z BLOG: Deadspin article gives forum to disgruntled former CougarsDarnell Dickson - Daily Herald Daily Herald
April 13, 2011 8:15 pm  • 

Deadspin, which touts itself as "Sports News without Access, Favor, or Discretion," is running a story titled, "The Truth About Race, Religion, And The Honor Code At BYU." You can find it at

I've read it a couple of times and have some initial random comments.

* Consider the sources: Thomas Stancil, Ray Hudson and Tico Pringle were all players who despite their talents could never break into the starting lineup. Hudson's comment that Curtis Brown was a "mediocre" running back is laughable and smacks of jealousy. The second-leading rusher in BYU history can hardly be described as mediocre. In addition, one of the co-authors of the article, Darron Smith, is a former BYU professor who was dismissed from the school. It's easy to understand why he has an axe to grind.

* Gary Crowton almost single-handedly destroyed BYU football by glossing over the Honor Code and recruiting players who never should have come to Provo. What has happened since then has cleared up many of the problems the Deadspin article details. Since taking over in 2005, Bronco Mendenhall has made sure every recruit knows about the Honor Code. The recruiting process isn't perfect and they've lost some battles.

* For every black player like Stancil, Hudson and Pringle who couldn't handle the Honor Code there are guys like Brian Logan, Justin Robinson and Brandon Bradley who had terrific experiences at BYU. Is it hard for an 18-year-old to follow the Honor Code? Yes. Impossible? Not even. Thousands of students do it every year, even those of different races. It is more difficult for those not raised in the LDS faith, and that can be hard for athletes to overcome.

* White returned missionaries getting away with stuff at BYU? Sure. Most of them have been fooling everybody from their parents to their bishop for years. They know how to hide their indiscretions and not get caught. Guy I grew up with got stoned during the week, blessed the sacrament on Sunday. I'm sure I'm not the only person to ever observe this phenomenon.

* Do I believe the Honor Code office is inconsistent in enforcement? Absolutely. It's an imperfect system run by imperfect people. The process is not nearly transparent enough for us to really understand what's going on, and that's how they like it. They are only accountable internally, so we just have to trust them that they are treating every situation in a fair manner. Without knowing more about the process, that's hard for me. Deadspin doesn't have all the details either, just the comments of some former players who got kicked out or left who happen to be black.

The Deadspin article will undoubtedly run its course through cyberspace, so it should be interesting to read the response in the coming days.


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