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Vanderbilt dismisses WR Chris Boyd from team

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Chris Boyd (left) and attorney Roger May appear in court Friday, Sept. 13. (Pool Camera) Chris Boyd (left) and attorney Roger May appear in court Friday, Sept. 13. (Pool Camera)

Vanderbilt University says wide receiver Chris Boyd has been dismissed from the football team and its athletic program.

Boyd pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge last week after he was accused of helping cover up the alleged rape of an unconscious woman by four other former football players in a Vanderbilt dorm room.

In a statement, Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs Beth Fortune said:

"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."

Boyd, 21, a standout receiver for the Commodores last year, was suspended from the team on Aug. 16 when the indictment against him was unsealed.

Originally from Roswell, GA, Boyd was on the 2013 Biletnikoff Award Watch List for the best college football wide receiver in the country.

He is expected to testify in the cases against Brandon Banks, Corey Batey, Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie and Brandon Vandenburg, who were accused of raping an unconscious woman in a Vanderbilt University dorm room.

In court Sept. 13, the prosecutor read text messages exchanged between the suspects in the case that laid out very disturbing details of what reportedly happened in the early morning hours on June 23.

The state said texts revealed Boyd helped move the unconscious victim after she was allegedly sexually assaulted from the dorm hallway into a bedroom, then he left.

Prosecutors said he quickly deleted a text picture of the victim being sexually assaulted that was allegedly sent to him by Vandenburg.

The texts also indicate there was video of the assault and the victim didn't remember what had happened to her.

The state said Boyd and the four rape suspects, who were previously dismissed from the Vanderbilt football team and suspended from the school, later met at a restaurant and discussed the alleged crime.

Boyd was given a suspended sentence of 11 months and 29 days as part of the plea he accepted and will not go to jail. If Boyd completes the probation with good behavior, the charge will be expunged from his record.

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