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WR Chris Boyd dismissed from Vanderbilt's football team

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Wide receiver Chris Boyd was dismissed from Vanderbilt's team Tuesday afternoon. Wide receiver Chris Boyd was dismissed from Vanderbilt's team Tuesday afternoon.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Wide receiver Chris Boyd was dismissed from Vanderbilt University's football team late Tuesday afternoon.

The announcement came just days after Boyd entered a conditional guilty plea for his role in attempting to cover up the rape of an unconscious student that occurred on-campus in late June.

In a statement Tuesday, 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 September 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."

In a separate release Tuesday afternoon, the district attorney's office said Boyd wrongly identified Vanderbilt's starting quarterback Austyn Cara-Samuels as someone who participated in helping move the victim who was lying in the hall of the dorm.

Authorities said the act of moving the victim does not in itself constitute a crime.

Boyd received an 11-month, 29-day suspended sentence for criminal attempt to commit accessory after the fact. Upon completing probation, his record will be cleared.

As part of his deal, he must also testify against his former teammates Brandon Vandenburg, Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie, Brandon Banks and Cory Batey.

The men each face five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery and are no longer on the football team or at Vanderbilt University.

They are scheduled to be in court Wednesday, October 16.

Boyd is still enrolled in classes at Vanderbilt University.

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