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Vanderbilt dismisses WR Boyd from program

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Vanderbilt dismissed wide receiver Chris Boyd from the football program after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal intent in the sexual assault case involving four former teammates, the school announced Tuesday.

Boyd, who had 50 receptions for 774 yards and five touchdowns last season, originally was charged with felony accessory after the fact in the case and suspended from the team in mid-August. He avoided a felony conviction with his guilty plea on Friday in Davidson County Criminal Court to covering up the alleged rape in June of a 21-year-old Vanderbilt female student in a dorm room.

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

Four former Vanderbilt teammates were indicted after the alleged on-campus rape on an unconscious female student. Boyd was not present but answered a call from a former teammate asking for help in taking the semi-nude woman back to a room. Boyd also encouraged the players to delete video of the attack.

The 21-year-old Boyd was placed on probation for 11 months and 29 days. But if he avoids trouble during that period and testifies against the former teammates, his criminal record will be expunged.

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