The most controversial quarterback in BYU history is Jim McMahon, so why not talk to him about BYU's honor code. McMahon was not Mormon and was raised Roman Catholic, but still attended BYU -- for the football only. He just like every other student had to abide to the honor code, and in a radio interview with Miami's WQAM, McMahon brought forward his thoughts on the Brandon Davies situation.
McMahon was never the model citizen BYU when comparing him to the honor code nor was he when with the Chicago Bears. Here are some of the excerpts from his interview:
We've been talking about the honor code and Brandon Davies. We know it's BYU, but what is your reaction?
"That doesn't surprise me. It's been going on for years there so. I actually just read that on the ESPN deal you know he [Brandon Davies] got kicked out for having sex with his girlfriend. That's part of their code I guess, but I know it happens. I know it's been happening for years, but some guys get caught, some guys don't."
How much has it changed since you went to BYU with the advent of the internet. Would you imagine it's the same honor code you had to follow?
"Well I wouldn't imagine it's any different. Like you said with all the things going on nowadays the IPhones, tweets, and all this kind of crap, I mean I don't see the campus any differently. I mean they're college kids, man they're going to do things. You know sometimes people will tell on you and sometimes they won't."
Nothing that is not true there from McMahon, with all the technology word gets out easier and yes little has changed from when he was in school until now. There will always be students at BYU who do not follow the honor code and do things that are against the rules.
Did you know this honor code existed when you got there? Did they explain it to you?
"They explain it to you. They say ‘Oh we have this honor code. People will probably talk to you about the religion and this and that.' They said ‘All you have to do is tell them I'm not interested.' But I have to say I'm not interested for five years before I get out. It was everyday you get hounded by it."
When listening to this part of the interview it is where one can easily tell that McMahon did not like the religion at all and was there to learn football from LaVell Edwards. He also mentioned how people from the honor code office would stake out the liquor store to see who was going in and buying alcohol, or monitor your place of residence. Take that for what it's worth as it may or may not be true.
I gotta think the people who are enforcing these rules are not abiding by all of them? They have to have skeletons in their closet don't they?
"Well I saw a lot of hypocrisy when I was there and that's what turned me off about it. Guys in administration, higher ups, sneaking off for coffee, these kinds of things that are supposedly illegal too yet some people get away with it and some don't."
That one is also interesting, I am sure that people sneak a caffeinated drink at times and that is against the rules but really are very minor offenses in the grand scheme of things.
I encourage you to go listen to the entire interview here as it is a good listen.