ALL the News about
Mormons, Mormonism
and the LDS Church
Mormon News: All the News about Mormons, Mormonism and the LDS Church
For week ended February 06, 2000 Posted 24 Feb 2001
Most Recent Week
Front Page
Local News
Arts & Entertainment
·New Products
·New Websites
·Mormon Stock Index
Letters to Editor
Continuing Coverage of:
Boston Temple
School Prayer
Julie on MTV
Robert Elmer Kleasen
About Mormon News
News by E-Mail
Weekly Summary
Submitting News
Submitting Press Releases
Volunteer Positions
Bad Link?

News about Mormons, Mormonism,
and the LDS Church

Summarized by Rosemary Pollock

Honor Code Doesn't Stop Non-Mormons From Signing at BYU
Salt Lake Tribune 2Feb00 S3
By Michael C. Lewis: Salt Lake Tribune

PROVO, UTAH -- In spite of violations to the Brigham Young University Honor Code, that forced 10 football players in the last three years to give up their place on the Cougar team, dozens of prep and junior-college players are proving that the pipeline of non-Mormons to BYU has not dried up. Talented African-American, non-Mormons are intent on joining the Cougars and living up to the tough standards of the BYU Honor Code.

Even running back, Isiah Joiner from Texas, who is the father of two children and soon to be divorced, is willing to give it a try. "The Sealy High School senior told coaches Tuesday that he will sign today. "That's going to hit me pretty hard." "The rules they follow are the rules I follow in my everyday life," said Brian McDonald, a running back from Cerritos Junior College in California. "I felt like I could go there and not be tempted by all of the outside things."

Cornerback Danny Phillips of Cerritos Junior College said that he along with Joiner, will likely start next season. The same goes for cornerback Derrus Wilson of Blinn Junior College and cornerback Bobby Hart of Waco High School, both of Texas. Phillips and McDonald said they are better able to cope with the Honor Code because they knew former BYU cornerback Heshimu Robertson, who attended the same junior college. Robertson was suspended for the 1998 Liberty Bowl and the subsequent spring semester.

"It scared me at first, with me and (Robertson) being from the same school and the same area, thinking I might go up there and make the same mistakes that he did," Phillips said. "But I think I learned from his mistakes." After talking with Robertson, Phillips and McDonald said, "He was like, 'No, that was my fault.'" "He knew he didn't abide by the rules and he said as long as you do what you're supposed to do and concentrate on football, you will be all right."


[an error occurred while processing this directive]

Copyright 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 Kent Larsen · Privacy Information