Monday, March 07, 2011
Where Signing on the Dotted Line Still Means Something
If you have caught any talk radio, sports or otherwise, you are probably aware that BYU (that's Brigham Young University) dismissed their star player from the basketball team. The team was enjoying an unusually high NCAA rating this season. It is a shame that the violation was made known. Few of us would want our own transgressions splashed across the media. Nonetheless, it has provoked needed national discussion about honor, virtue, and integrity.
BYU Quarterback Steve Young and Coach LaVell Edwards have come forward to support the University. Another star player said, "It's just hard for me to express just how immensely proud I am of my university." By all appearances, the player himself has shown nothing but honor and commitment to the code he signed onto. He has not publicly complained or offered excuses. He has apologized to his team for letting them down.
There is an incredible amount of mussar in this story. Here is an institution that chose to stand for their principles with millions of dollars in additional revenue on the line currently, to say nothing of future recruiting. Here is an institution that expects the same of all of it's attendees, regardless of their status.
I want to conclude this post with this quote from a former BYU athlete because I might want to refer back to it the next time I blog about commitment!: "Better that it happens at 20, rather than 50, with four kids. He'll probably be a better man, and that's ultimately what BYU is about, building leaders, building men. If that means missing out a chance at the Final Four, well, that's what happens."