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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Too Far? 'Orlando Sentinel' Columnist Asks About Florida Players’ Sex Lives

(By Glenn Davis, SportsGrid) - With BYU set to play Florida in the Sweet 16 tonight, the 'Orlando Sentinel’s' Mike Bianchi set out to write a piece focusing on BYU’s honor code in the wake of the Brandon Davies controversy. Sure, the issue’s been beaten into the ground already, but Bianchi went for it anyway. His angle: what if 'Florida' players had to follow BYU’s honor code? He set about finding out. That entailed asking about premarital sex. Things got weird.

Bianchi documents the exchanges he had with Florida coach Billy Donovan, forward Chandler Parsons, and athletic director Jeremy Foley in his piece, which concludes that BYU’s run is “remarkable and refreshing” and “lifted college athletics up.” The responses Bianchi printed sound so uncomfortable it almost hurts to think about them:

Later, when I asked [Parsons] again to give me a percentage of UF players who have had premarital sex, he would only say, “We don’t share that information.”

Florida coach Billy Donovan was asked how hard it would be to lure players to UF if he had to tell five-star recruits they couldn’t have sex if they signed with the Gators.

Donovan, too, dodged the question.

“I’m not going to get into that,” he said. “I’ll pass on that one.”


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