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Days after reaching plea deal, WR Chris Boyd dismissed from Vanderbilt football team

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WR Chris Boyd was dismissed from the Vanderbilt football team Tuesday. (Getty)

Chris Boyd was dismissed from the Vanderbilt football team after his plea deal in the rape case involving four former other Vanderbilt football players.

Boyd was originally suspended for his role in the case, and on Friday pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge for agreeing to testify against his four former teammates. Boyd was originally facing a felony charge for helping cover up the alleged actions of the four charged former players with an unconscious female student.

On Wednesday during his weekly teleconference, Vanderbilt coach James Franklin declined comment on the decision to remove Boyd from the team.

''The review concluded that Mr. Boyd's admitted actions are clearly inconsistent with the high standards of behavior expected of our student-athletes,'' vice chancellor for public affairs Beth Fortune said in a statement.

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Last season, Boyd had 50 receptions for 774 yards and five touchdowns.

Brandon Vandenburg, Corey Batey, Brandon Boyd and Jaborian McKenzie still face charges for aggravated rape and sexual battery in the case. McKenzie had transferred to Alcorn State to continue his football career and played against Mississippi State. However, he was subsequently removed from the team after appearing in that one game.

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