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                      === Vanderbilt dismisses WR Boyd ===
 
 Nashville,  TN (Sports  Network) -  Vanderbilt  wide receiver  Chris Boyd  was
 dismissed  from  the Commodores'  football program  Tuesday for  his role in a
 pending rape case involving four former players.
 
 The  decision comes  less than  a week  after Boyd  pled guilty  to a  reduced
 misdemeanor  charge of  criminal  intent. The  redshirt  junior had  initially
 been  charged as  an  accessory  after the  fact,  a  felony, after  Nashville
 police uncovered  evidence that he had advised the defendants on ways to cover
 up the alleged crime.
 
 Boyd, who caught 50 passes for 774 yards for Vanderbilt last season and was on
 the  2013  Biletnikoff Award watch  list, had been suspended indefinitely from
 the team pending the outcome of his case. The 21-year-old will serve 11 months
 and 29  days on probation  and his record will be expunged if he completes the
 probation.
 
 "Vanderbilt's  athletic  administration, in conjunction with its head football
 coach,  today dismissed  Chris Boyd  from the  university's football  team and
 athletic  program," Vanderbilt vice chancellor for public affairs Beth Fortune
 said  in  a statement Tuesday.  "The action came  after an ongoing review that
 included  information  disclosed during a  hearing Sept. 13 in Davidson County
 Criminal Court."
 
 Prosecutors  said Boyd  erased a  video of  the alleged  sexual assault  of an
 unconscious   21-year-old  female  student  that  took  place  inside  Brandon
 Vandenburg's campus dorm room on June 23.
 
 "The   review   concluded  that  Mr.   Boyd's  admitted  actions  are  clearly
 inconsistent  with the  high standards  of behavior  expected of  our student-
 athletes," continued Fortune.
 
 Vandenburg,  Cory Batey,  Brandon Banks and Jaborian McKenzie are each charged
 with  five counts  of  aggravated rape  and two  counts  of aggravated  sexual
 battery. Vandenburg also is charged with one count of unlawful photography and
 tampering with evidence.
 
 McKenzie  transferred  to Alcorn State and  played in the FCS school's loss at
 Mississippi State on Sept. 7, but has since been kicked off the team.
 
 All  four are free  on bonds ranging from $50,000 to $350,000 and are expected
 in court Oct. 16.
 
 
 
 
 
 09/17 18:36:26 ET

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