Inside shot of the Viejas Arena

Inside shot of the Viejas Arena

After San Diego State’s home victory over Colorado State 66-48, #9 SDSU share the Mountain West Conference title with #3 BYU. The Aztecs (29-2 14-2) who have been swooning students, alumni and fans alike all season long, have earned the #2 seed in the MWC tournament at Las Vegas. Now we wait for selection Sunday to see if SDSU manages a berth in the NCAA tournament. March Madness baby!

I am always excited for the local sports teams, especially when they are successful and my Alma mater. So much so that the catalyst for relaunching this entire blog was the berth of the SDSU Men and Women’s basketball teams in the NCAA tournament of 2010.

At one point this season the Aztecs were ranked #4 and recevied a couple votes for first place.  Something that has been unheard of in the school’s history. But leave it to the party poopers and long-time rivals BYU to spoil the party by completing the season sweet as they defeated the Aztecs at home 80-67 this propelling BYU to #3 and SDSU to #9 in the rankings.

It would be nice to see the Aztecs get past the first round of the NCAA tournament, something that they have been unable to do in six attempts.

Las Vegas – Mountain Wet Conference Tournament

First things first. As I mentioned before, SDSU were granted the #2 seed while BYU has #1 seed even with three losses since they beat the Aztecs twice. The biggest hurdle in the MWC tournament is obviously BYU. Last year the Aztecs managed to win the tournament and an automatic NCAA berth.

BYU is SDSU’s Kyptonite

I’m not sure if its just in the Aztec’s heads but BYU is beatable. Just ask UCLA and New Mexico (who beat them TWICE). The good news is that Brandon Davies is out for apparently violating the University’s honor code by engaging in premarital sex. According to the school’s honor code students must remain chaste, true and virtuous.

Honor Code Statement

Brigham Young University exists to provide an education in an atmosphere consistent with the ideals and principles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter?day Saints. That atmosphere is created and preserved through commitment to conduct that reflects those ideals and principles. Members of the faculty, administration, staff, and student body at BYU are selected and retained from among individuals who voluntarily live the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Observance of such is a specific condition of employment and admission. Those individuals who are not members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter?day Saints are also expected to maintain the same standards of conduct, except church attendance. All who represent BYU are to maintain the highest standards of honor, integrity, morality, and consideration of others in personal behavior. By accepting appointment on the faculty, continuing in employment, or continuing class enrollment, individuals evidence their commitment to observe the Honor Code standards approved by the board of trustees “at all times and . . . in all places” (Mosiah 18:9).

We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men. . . If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.” —Thirteenth Article of Faith

As a matter of personal commitment, students, staff, and faculty of Brigham Young University seek to demonstrate in daily living on and off campus those moral virtues encompassed in the gospel of Jesus Christ and will:

  • Be honest
  • Obey the law and all campus policies
  • Live a chaste and virtuous life
  • Use clean language
  • Respect others
  • Abstain from alcoholic beverages, tobacco, tea, coffee, and substance abuse
  • Observe the Dress and Grooming Standards
  • Participate regularly in church services
  • Encourage others in their commitment to comply with the BYU Honor Code

Specific policies embodied in the Honor Code include:

  • Academic Honesty Policy
  • Dress and Grooming Standards
  • Residential Living Standards
  • Continuing Student Ecclesiastical Endorsement

As a student at the BYU Salt Lake Center, you are expected to adhere to the Honor Code.

That’s all I’ll mention about the honor code. While it may be good for BYU to be in a weakened state to increase SDSU’s chances of winning and advancing. It makes for a sweeter victory to defeat the one team that always gets you. Its guaranteed that if and once State makes it to the NCAA tournament, far more formidable opponents await the boys in red and black.

Go Aztecs!

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