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BYU's Brandon Davies returns, but what does lack of stories say about the media?

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  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    Sept. 9, 2011 2:29 p.m.

    I fully expected Davies to return. If the news media also expected Davies return then they may not consider it to be news.

    If I were in Brandon's shoes I would not want any publicity on this. Nevertheless, there will be plenty of publicity when basketball season starts and Brandon plays. It will be mentioned on every TV broadcast. The better Brandon plays the more it will be mentioned and the story will last through the entire basketball season.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 9, 2011 2:32 p.m.

    Are you kidding me?

    I can answer the title of the article in 2 seconds.
    Brandon Davies return and lack of stories says absolutely nothing about the media!
    If he was reinstated right at the beginning of the NCAA Tourney to a top 10 team in the country which also has the most popular player on its roster...well then it would have had just as much or MORE attention.
    So silly to make it into anything else.

  • junkgeek Agua Dulce, TX
    Sept. 9, 2011 2:34 p.m.

    Yes, most of the media has not covered the reinstatement because they thought the suspension was ridiculous the first time around and that the Honor Code office did not come looking very good (many BYU fans and church members agree with the sentiment about the Honor Code office while they supported the suspension).

  • GiuseppeG Murray, Utah
    Sept. 9, 2011 2:40 p.m.

    Uh, earth to media, that boat sailed decades ago. There's no "leads to" or "perception" about it anymore.

  • tdlawton Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 9, 2011 2:47 p.m.

    Really... BYU was a Top-20 team with a marque player (Jimmer) in the stretch run of the season. A key player was suspended, for something that is not against the rules at 99% of US Universities. Of course that was News.

    Does anyone really think that when that player is reinstated before classes start the next fall (and let's face it we all new he would be) that deserves equal time?

    Really? The premises of this column makes no sense.

  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 9, 2011 3:00 p.m.

    It's true, the media doesn't have the same zeal for follow-up stories, but I think the biggest reason for the perceived lack of interest is the timing. Football season just started and very few people are paying any attention to basketball. When the college basketball season starts and Brandon starts playing again, you'll see alot more interest in the media about Brandon's return.

    The vast majority of commentary on BYU's handling of Brandon's suspension has been positive; even though some disagreed with BYU's policies, most media and fans admired BYU's willingness to stick to it's principles, especially in the face of all of the scandals in other programs we've seen across the country.

  • DonO Draper, UT
    Sept. 9, 2011 3:19 p.m.

    The media are like magpies and crows, squawking and diving after anything shiney and attention grabbing. Getting kicked off a potentially championship team was super-shiney and attention grabbing. Being reinstated means very little to anyone except Davies, BYU and their local fans. The media are off doing what they do best...looking for the sensational.

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 9, 2011 3:31 p.m.

    If you're concerned that the media didn't follow up on the Brandon Davies story, then perhaps the whole thing was just a stunt to get BYU some good PR. Credit the media for seeing through that.

  • IDC Boise, ID
    Sept. 9, 2011 3:50 p.m.

    Davies reinstatement reinforces at least a portion of what is good about BYU, religion, and the LDS church. Those entities have morals they stick to and it offends some people. Davies suspention allowed many to throw mud, his reinstatement doesn't give the same opportunity. I don't know Davies personally but this situation has shown a lot about his integrity, backbone, and upbringing. You can find those same qualities elsewhere, you can definitley find them at BYU.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Sept. 9, 2011 3:51 p.m.

    The national media is Democrat, leftist, anti-familly, anti-religion and very pro toward the whole socialist agenda. Positive news will generally be ignored. News that does not fit with the Obama agenda will be ignored. They won't mention union take over of a business in Washington state where they held 6 guards hostage, they won't mention any positive news about American values, they won't mention the Obamista's involment of selling guns to Mexican drug gangs, etc. They try to manage the news very carefully to hide things from the people and to make stories where there are none. It is great that Brandon is back, but that is good news and shows the compassion in the honor code. It is not going to be mentioned.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 9, 2011 3:58 p.m.

    The only question is why did he get kicked off in the first place? He's a normal guy doing normal things.

    Only byu makes normal things abnormal and punishable by the most severe consequences possible. Death by guilt is how they live.

  • CougarBlue Heber City, UT
    Sept. 9, 2011 4:04 p.m.

    The Media bases their business on negative articles. For Brandon it is probably a relief not to be the focal point. Glad to have him back and kudos to him for showing his quality character.

  • riddlemethis Clearfield, UT
    Sept. 9, 2011 4:05 p.m.

    The terms of Brandon's suspension were that he would be suspended for the rest of the year. It has always been understood that he would be able to be back this year. There isn't really a whole lot to report at the moment per se. I suspect as the season unfolds, and if Brandon can continue his success we will see more stories about it.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 9, 2011 4:35 p.m.

    I was surprised to see it as news on the bottom ticker on ESPN the day it was announced he was reinstated. To me that was more attention given than I would have expected.
    I say this because Davies was reinstated IN AUGUST! If it was announced in early March it would have had the same attention given as last year when he was suspended.

  • bikeboy Boise, ID
    Sept. 9, 2011 4:49 p.m.

    IMO, the ADD media are only a reflection of our ADD society.

    Next story!

  • defibman Syracuse, UT
    Sept. 9, 2011 4:49 p.m.

    @ Chris B

    "The only question is why did he get kicked off in the first place? He's a normal guy doing normal things."

    So does this mean that you have broken a sacred promise and felt so bad about, that you have approached some people that you knew would bring heartache and pain to and confess your wrong doing? That is, if you considered yourself a "normal" guy?

    Somehow, we all just can't see that happening.

    What some people see as "normal" really amazes me.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    Sept. 9, 2011 5:31 p.m.

    Don't worry, the media will pick it up when the season is in full tilt and BYU once again gains some attention.

    All of the details will again become media fodder.

  • Dr Rosenrosen Gilbert, AZ
    Sept. 9, 2011 6:00 p.m.

    Thanks Chris B for another daily dose of judgement and lunacy. Got anymore predictions for us? Your comments make me think of the old Bosom Buddies theme song: "I don't care what you say anymore this is my life. Go ahead with your own life leave me alone."

  • texlds Dallas, TX
    Sept. 9, 2011 7:08 p.m.

    It was covered. It has a byline on ESPN well outside of the basketball season. That's actually pretty big.

  • KamUte South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 9, 2011 7:09 p.m.

    Thanks Sarah. Surely there is something else to report on like beer being purchased at the campus 7-11 in Provo.

  • Vanka Provo, UT
    Sept. 9, 2011 7:40 p.m.

    Why do DN writers all seem heck-bent on trying to stir up controversy where there is none? Sarah, have you been taking pages from DeGroote's book?

  • So. Cal Reader Escondido, CA
    Sept. 9, 2011 8:04 p.m.

    The "lack of stories" means that this is football season and not basketball season, which is when Davies was initially suspended. Certainly, the action of BYU will gather national attention once the basketball season begins. With the numerous NCAA investigations of football programs out of control, seems like the national interest is elsewhere ... for a season!!

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    Sept. 9, 2011 8:19 p.m.

    So exactly what is the quota on Brandon Davies stories that need to be published for the media to not look bad in this author's eyes? It was on ESPN's website, CNNSI's website and plentiful at the Desert News. It's done. Big deal. At some point she just needs to get over it.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Sept. 9, 2011 8:34 p.m.

    KamUte...sorry your application was turned down. Don't be bitter.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 9, 2011 10:09 p.m.

    Chris B, let's talk normal:

    Depending on the study cited, between 1/6 and 1/4th of the population between 14-49 have genital herpes? Guess how they get it? Doing what you think is "normal" -- by having sex with partner who was previously sexually active.

    Guess what percentage of married couples, neither of whom had sex before marriage has genital herpes? ZERO.

    50% of sexually active adults get HPV, which causes genital warts and cervical cancer.

    Guess what percentage of married couples, neither of whom had sex before marriage has HPV? ZERO.

    3/10 teen girls get pregnant. 1/10th of all births are to teen girls.

    So, tout the party life as "normal" if you wish, but the "norm" I prefer is the BYU norm, where sex is about love, commitment, fidelity, etc, not treating the other person as a more fun, fleshier version of a blowup doll.

    Jesus Christ and BYU advocate fidelity, which produces healthier, happier families, and as a side benefit, doesn't inflict disease and rampant medical costs on society.

  • carpediem Holladay, UT
    Sept. 9, 2011 10:47 p.m.

    Frankly I think BYU should have never said what the infringement was. By saying it was an "honor code violation" it allows people to speculate on something that isn't anyones business. The media also made a bigger story out of it then it needed to be. I mean even Tim Tebow gave his two cents about it.

  • bgl Santa Monica, CA
    Sept. 10, 2011 6:25 a.m.

    The lack of comments on this story would lead one to believe that the public doesn't care much either.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Sept. 10, 2011 6:29 a.m.

    The attitude of this article is something that should bother the newspaper and readers. It seems to reflect a martyrdom sort of approach. Davies reinstatement was covered b y the media. I first heard about it in the national media, not from BYU directly or this newspaper. What else do you want? Why should there be any more said about it that that, particularly as he was not a star at the level of Jimmer? I think you should look at the Utah LDS culture which has not lost its persecution complex from the 19th Century, and not point fingers at the national media because they did not elevate it to the front page.

  • Aloha Saint George Saint George, Utah
    Sept. 10, 2011 6:49 a.m.

    This is one reason I don't read more than the sports sections in the paper. I know that media feel and find that drama sells and people would get more from watching people fall from grace in front of the media than watching their rise to the top. Brandon Davies took a huge public fall and BYU took him their publicly. I heard that Brandon Davies transgression were known by sone in the BYU community for quite some time- so why throw him under the bus just before March Madness???? Dunno.
    I know that I would personally watch and read the news more if it contained more positive stories. Forget that audience that thrives on smut, and the negativity of the world- don't close you eyes to truth that needs to be broadcasted- but in Brandon Davies case- build him up publicly- he needs your support. Brandon would like nothing more than to have something nice said about him.

  • Band of Sisters RIVERTON, UT
    Sept. 10, 2011 7:02 a.m.

    The sad truth is that sin sells and repentance doesn't. Have a great season Brandon. You've earned this second chance. Now use it wisely.

  • Striker Omaha, NE
    Sept. 10, 2011 7:17 a.m.

    MiP, I agree. I saw it on many different places. It was a main headline on Yahoo and ESPN the same day. The thing is the media hashed and rehashed this at the time it happened. They analyzed it to death. Now that he's back, what else is there to talk about? I can almost guarantee that the first game BYU plays will have a headline like this: "Davies returns after suspension in BYU's first game." All the media will bring it back. Just wait Ms. writer, you'll get your wish in a few months.

  • Hoosier Kearns, Utah
    Sept. 10, 2011 7:25 a.m.

    Brandon's story is great and will always be remembered by everyone round these parts, but lets not forget, it's football season, nough said.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 10, 2011 7:37 a.m.

    "Normal things" Chris B?

    The "normal things" that, depending on the study cited, result in between 1/6 and 1/4th of the U.S. population between 14-49 having genital herpes? (Percentages are higher for women than for men.)

    I like the BYU norm, where married couples who are each other's first partner have zero change at getting genital herpes.

    50% of "Normally" active adults get HPV, which causes genital warts and cervical cancer.

    I like the BYU norm, where a woman who is part of a married couple who are each other's first partner have zero change at getting HPV.

    3/10 teen girls get pregnant. 1/10th of all births are to teen girls. Yes, some of those are young women who got married, but the majority are doing "normal things" outside marriage.

    So, tout the party life as "normal" if you wish, but I prefer a relationship where love, commitment, fidelity, etc, are the "norm" not treating the other person as a more fun, fleshier version of a blowup doll.

    BYU advocates fidelity, which produces healthier, happier families, and as a side benefit, doesn't inflict disease and rampant medical costs on society.

  • stanfunky Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 10, 2011 7:37 a.m.

    Kinda strange, since a simple Google Search for 'Brandon Davies reinstated' brings up articles from:

    ESPN
    Sports Illustrated
    Sporting News
    CBS Sports
    USA Today
    Yahoo

    Plus all of the local newspapers covered it (Deseret News, Trib, Standard Examiner, etc.) and several of the Mountain West Conference cities picked it up as well. Seems the author didn't do her homework.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 10, 2011 7:40 a.m.

    carpediem | 10:47 p.m. Sept. 9, 2011
    Holladay, UT
    Frankly I think BYU should have never said what the infringement was. By saying it was an "honor code violation" it allows people to speculate on something that isn't anyones business.
    ---------------

    You can't suspend someone in the middle of a semester for "academic performance," since grades haven't been given out.

    BYU didn't make a media event out of it, the media did. I don't think they even "announced" it, and Davies self-reported.

  • RivertonCoug Herriman, UT
    Sept. 10, 2011 8:28 a.m.

    I am surprised that there is any question as to why the media is not covering the return. The Cougars were a highly ranked team with the most popular player in the nation. They were legitimately considered a final four team and that would have been a first for BYU.

    All of that ended when Davies was suspended. And as proved to be the case, he was a key piece.

    Now BYU has no more Jimmer, they are playing in a league with 1200 seat stadiums and Davies, previously the third best player on the team, will now be the best. The media isn't interested.

  • Pragmatic Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 10, 2011 8:54 a.m.

    It really doesn't need to be a story. At the time he was dismissed he said he would return. Also it isn't not basketball season; nor is BYU about to go into March Madness. Football is the story now. It's no big deal so don't make a big deal about it.

  • Uncle Rico Provo, UT
    Sept. 10, 2011 9:05 a.m.

    What are you expecting, the top story on sportscenter?

    There is a sport called football and it rules everything. BYU basketball is in the WCC because the school put football as #1 priority, as they should.

    Football is back, and people want to watch, hear, and breathe football. If BYU wanted lots of media attention on this, they should have waited until February to reinstate Davies.

    Did I mention it is football season?

  • phoenix Gilbert, AZ
    Sept. 10, 2011 9:19 a.m.

    RivertonCoug

    You sound more like a BYU hater, with your "1,200 seat" hyperbole, than a BYU fan, and your assumption that Davies will be the best player on the team shows that you really don't know much about this year's team.

    As shown in the articles published by

    ESPN
    Sports Illustrated
    Sporting News
    CBS Sports
    USA Today
    Yahoo

    the media is still interested, but there's not much more to add to the story until basketball season starts.

    The author of this article is way off base with her baseless conclusion that because the hype surrounding Brandon's return doesn't match the media storm created by his departure just before March Madness that the media is no longer interested in the story.

  • GoGetter Sandy, UT
    Sept. 10, 2011 9:27 a.m.

    Two words:

    FOOTBALL SEASON.

  • rpjense West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 10, 2011 9:28 a.m.

    This is a story about media and perceptions.

    For most people, the perception they will have will be of a university that expelled a student who was a top athlete. There will be little else because most people do not process much beyond the headlines.

    The compelling part of the story, however, is about how a person made a mistake (violation of the BYU Honor Code), came forward and reported his error, and then went through a process of personal redemption. Headlines usually don't work on these weightier matters, but it is the core stuff of the lives we all lead.

    It is a relevant article because it reminds us to stop, think through and appropriately process the information that comes to us from others (including the media). Gossip, inuendo, heresay, etc. are the substance of things that cause us to view others in ways that are hurtful to them and to us.

    For me, this is a wonderful story about a young man who is trying to make it right in his life. We would do well to emulate his example.

  • Subscriber Magna, UT
    Sept. 10, 2011 9:58 a.m.

    It's great that Brandon has been reinstated but do we have to rehash the whole thing all over again? It would be an even bigger story if BYU did not reinstate him.

  • Utah_Catholicism Provo, Zion
    Sept. 10, 2011 11:14 a.m.

    If I was Brandon Davies, I would not want my personal life to be discussed in the news media. Maybe the D-News should leave this behind. You've already embarrassed him enough as it is.

  • TrueBlue Orem, UT
    Sept. 10, 2011 11:39 a.m.

    Utah_Catholicism

    You should be posting on the SL Trib blog.

    BYU never said a word about why Brandon was suspended. It was the SL Trib that dug up the "dirt", through other sources, about Brandon's personal life, and reported it to the rest of the world.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 10, 2011 11:46 a.m.

    The media thrives on the negative. Just watch and listen to the evening news. I haven't watched it for years for that reason alone.

    I agree with the comment that the less said about this whole thing the better for Brandon. I'm sure he hated all the national attention. He had great support from coaches, players, and fans who embraced him and loved him unconditionally. For that and other things involved in this process, he is back to BYU when he could have gone anywhere else in the country to go to college and play basketball.

    Most BYU trolls (who boldly hate the Y) have no concept of what it is about BYU that makes it such a great environment in which to get an education. Never will.

    Go Cougars!

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 10, 2011 12:22 p.m.

    Why does byu constantly want to recieve a pat on the back? They crave attention and if they don't get it they have d-news writers come up with silly stories of their own.

  • brluthi Provo, UT
    Sept. 10, 2011 12:43 p.m.

    @Band of Sisters
    Great comment. It's sad, but very true.

  • Utah_Catholicism Provo, Zion
    Sept. 10, 2011 12:44 p.m.

    TrueBlue

    Never mentioned BYU anywhere in my comment. I was referring to this D-News article.