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Vanderbilt's Boyd pleads guilty to misdemeanor

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Vanderbilt wide receiver Chris Boyd pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of criminal intent Friday in a deal with prosecutors stemming from a rape investigation, according to the Tennessean newspaper.

The charge will be wiped from his criminal record if he successfully completes one year of probation.

Boyd was accused of helping cover up the rape of an unconscious woman by four Vanderbilt football players. Jaborian McKenzie -- who has transferred to Alcorn State -- Cory Batey, Brandon Banks and Brandon Vandenburg were expelled from the team earlier in the summer.

Vanderbilt issued a statement Friday that Boyd "will remain suspended from the Vanderbilt University football team, pending further review by the university."

Coach James Franklin previously suspended Boyd indefinitely.

Boyd is considered an NFL prospect. Last year, he caught 50 passes for 774 yards with five touchdowns for the Commodores.
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