Chris Boyd dismissed from Vanderbilt football team

Any question about Chris Boyd’s return to the Vanderbilt football team has been answered.

Athletics department officials, including coach James Franklin, dismissed the fourth-year junior wide receiver from the program Tuesday.

The university issued the following statement from Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs Beth Fortune:

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.

According to a university spokesperson, Boyd remains in school and on scholarship.

Boyd pleaded guilty last Friday to a charge of criminal intent to be an accessory to a June 23 rape at an on-campus residence. During that procedure, the prosecutor offered graphic details about Boyd’s role in the event.

The Roswell, Ga. native was the Commodores’ second-leading receiver last season with 50 receptions for 774 yards and five touchdowns. He had been suspended from the program since he was indicted for felony accessory after the fact in early August.

Four others, who were removed from the team in early July, face multiple felony counts in the case. The next court date for those players is set for Oct. 16.