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September 17, 2013Vanderbilt announced today that star receiver Chris Boyd, who hasn't played this year due to his involvement in a cover-up of an alleged rape involving teammates, has been officially dismissed from the team.
Vanderbilt vice chancellor for public affairs Beth Fortune released the statement in an e-mail on Tuesday afternoon. It read:
"Vanderbilt's athletic administration, in conjunction with its head football coach, today dismissed Chris Boyd from the university's football team and athletic program. The action came after an ongoing review that included information disclosed during a hearing Sept. 13 in Davidson County Criminal Court.
"The review concluded that Mr. Boyd's admitted actions are clearly inconsistent with the high standards of behavior expected of our student-athletes."
No statement was made as to whether Boyd could earn a chance to rejoin the team next season, nor did it specify whether Boyd would remain in school for this fall.
Boyd, a 6-foot-4 redshirt junior from Roswell, Ga., was expected to be one of the Southeastern Conference's top receivers after a 50-catch, 774-yard sophomore season. This followed a 31-catch, 473-yard, 8-touchdown freshman campaign.
But before the season started, Boyd was charged as an accessory-after-the-fact as rape charges were brought against his then-teammates Brandon Banks, Corey Batey, Tip McKenzie and Brandon Vandenburg. Those were felony charges, but they were reduced to a misdemeanor in a plea deal announced in court last week.
However, Vanderbilt -- which had turned the case over to police as soon as it became aware of it -- was caught off-guard by emerging information that Boyd had more than a token role in the cover-up. Instead of playing in last weekend's South Carolina game, as commonly thought would happen once the plea deal was announced, Boyd instead stayed home.
Coach James Franklin would not comment on Boyd's status at Monday's press conference. One day later, the team's No. 2 receiver is gone.