Vandy receiver Chris Boyd pleads guilty to misdemeanor, gets probation, agrees to cooperate with DA

Vanderbilt receiver Chris Boyd, who had been charged with accessory after the fact — a felony — in connection with the Vanderbilt rape case, pleaded guilty this morning to a lesser charge: criminal intent to be an accessory.

According to The Tennessean, as part of the deal, Boyd received 11 months, 29 days of probation. If that's completed satisfactorily, the charge can be expunged.

On Twitter, WTVF reports that Boyd will cooperate in the case of the four now-former players charged with rape.

More details emerged about the night in question, as well.

From The Tennessean:

Thurman described a series of text messages and calls between Boyd and at least two of the men accused of rape. He said Boyd also received a video text message with evidence of what had happened, but that he immediately deleted it.

Thurman said one of the four accused ex-players, Brandon Vandenburg, was asking Boyd for help on the night of the incident, and that at one point Vandenburg advised Boyd to delete the video he had sent.

He said Boyd and Vanderbilt quarterback Austyn Carta Samuels helped move the alleged victim.

Further, prosecutor Tom Thurman refuted an allegation in the BuzzFeed story:

Thurman, speaking to the media after the hearing, also addressed an allegation recently published on an online news site that football coach James Franklin had advised players to delete video evidence.

“There’s no evidence whatsoever that Coach Franklin was involved in a cover-up,” Thurman said.

Franklin’s attorney, Hal Hardin, praised authorities for not only convicting the guilty, but “protecting the innocent.”

“One of the most difficult things that any person can go through is to be the victim of rumors, unfounded rumors, and know that you’re innocent,” Hardin said of Franklin. “Some folks probably owe him an apology for spreading those rumors, but he has weathered it like the true champion he is.”

SEE ALSO: More details emerge in wake of Boyd plea, which has a link to a transcript from the hearing

Sep 13, 2013 9:31 AM

Vanderbilt creates director for the protection of minors position

Newcomer was formerly with Highway Safety Office
Sep 12, 2013 10:41 AM

VU start-up to present at Life Science Tennessee venture forum

Five promising companies from around the state have been chosen to speak to the LifeSciTN Conference and Venture Forum at the Music City Center next month. Among them is REDCap, a Vanderbilt University-developed electronic data capture solution that has more than 96,000 users at 680 not-for-profit institutions in 58 countries. Though REDCap was originally developed as a survey tool, its developers say it can be used by small to mid-sized contract research organizations, biopharmaceutical ventures and medical device companies.

Sep 12, 2013 7:13 AM

Whistleblowing docs allege vast VUMC Medicare billing deception

Complaint unsealed after two years; university denies, says scale of allegations unrealistic
Sep 11, 2013 7:10 AM

VU, Maryland team to offer online course on mobile app development

Vanderbilt University and the University of Maryland have partnered to introduce a two-part, sequenced course — which the two are describing as a "new approach" — offered through the digital learning platform Coursera. The joint MOOC, which will teach students to develop a mobile app, will begin Jan. 6, 2014. Both segments of the course will run eight to 10 weeks and be free. Vanderbilt News has more here.

Sep 10, 2013 6:45 AM

Vandy in 'beginning stages' of football 'stadium reimagining'

Vandy AD David Williams and football coach James Franklin fired off an email today seeking input from alumni on future renovations to Vanderbilt Stadium.

The email in toto:

Our fans have stayed the course, and now, the momentum for Vanderbilt Athletics has never been greater. We are in the beginning stages of a bold project-reimagining the Stadium through a proposed renovation on its existing footprint. We need your help. Please complete a brief survey to share your input as we explore the idea of renovating our Stadium.

Unlike any other facility on campus, the Stadium brings students, faculty, alumni and fans together to cheer on our Vanderbilt Commodores. Enhancing our Stadium is also a key component in our ability to compete in the SEC, to athletics success over the long term and to our vision for an unparalleled undergraduate experience.

While no decisions have been made yet about this renovation, we hope this project will turn the Stadium into a showpiece for the university and the community. Your input will be valuable as we explore options for a Stadium that will provide an unforgettable game day experience.

We want to hear from our loyal Commodore fans. Please click on the link below to access the Vanderbilt Stadium survey. If you are an active National Commodore Club member, you will receive five bonus points upon completion of the survey, which will be added to your priority rank.


We greatly appreciate your feedback and your support of Vanderbilt Athletics.

Anchor Down!

And yes, it really said "INSERT SURVEY LINK" (GO PERDS!) and had no survey link. UPDATED: It appears this problem wasn't universal. And here's a link to the survey.

Obviously, this is very preliminary — call it the "visioning" stage. Nonetheless, it's obvious this is something the university plans on moving forward with (eventually).

For history buffs, Tom Wood has a collection of clippings from when the stadium went up in the 1920s.

Sep 9, 2013 3:24 PM

Owen dean to lead study on EMR confidentiality issues

Eric Johnson, dean of the Owen Graduate School of Management, has been named lead investigator on a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation that will explore ways to better protect the confidentiality and privacy of patient information in electronic health records. Vanderbilt researchers will spend the next five years working on the topic alongside peers from Dartmouth College, the University of Illinois, The Johns Hopkins University and the University of Michigan.

Sep 5, 2013 8:47 AM

Patent Patrol: 4 September 2013

In this week’s batch of IP awarded to Tennessee residents and companies: A power hub for Griffin Technology, an encrypted monitoring data system and lanthanide oxide nanoparticles
Sep 4, 2013 2:42 PM

Infection test venture leader learns in Silicon Valley, eyes VC

Vanderbilt University biomedical engineering graduate student Charleson Bell is spending a few months out west this summer at the NewME Accelerator to develop his plans for BioNanovations, a concept-stage company that is developing a bacterial infection test that is much faster than products now on the market. BioNanovations has raised almost $200,000 in external funding to help Bell reach his goal of bringing TestQuick to market by 2017.

NewMEA is the second program of this type that Bell has attended. Last summer he qualified for the Zero to 510 medical device accelerator program which is also held in Memphis. It is a 90-day “mentorship driven” program that helps participants design prototypes and develop business plans. They also receive $50,000 in return for an early equity stake in their companies. Bell and BioNanovations was one of only three participants selected for a second 90-day phase, in which he received an additional $100,000 investment.

Sep 4, 2013 6:44 AM

Numbers You Need: 3 September 2013

Impress your boss, dazzle your friends, bore your family with today's Numbers You Need:

450,000 — Payment, in dollars, to Austin Peay for their game at Tennessee Saturday, a 45-0 loss.

10,000,000 — Price, in dollars, of on-going stadium upgrades at Austin Peay

50 — Miles between Austin Peay's campus and Vanderbilt's. Despite this, Saturday will mark the schools' first meeting in football.

14 — Years between season-opening sellouts at Vanderbilt. Before Thursday's Ole Miss tilt, Vandy hadn't filled Dudley for its first game since Alabama came to Nashville in 1999.

9 — Consecutive seasons MTSU has played an ACC opponent. The Blue Raiders travel to Chapel Hill this weekend to take on North Carolina.

12 — Years since Tar Heels' coach Larry Fedora was the offensive coordinator at MTSU. In 2001, MTSU scored more than 30 points seven times, including a 70-point game against Idaho and a comeback against New Mexico State that included four touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

5 — Preseason touchdown passes by Titans back-up Ryan Fitzpatrick to lead the NFL.

26.9 — Average draft position for Chris Johnson in Yahoo fantasy football leagues. Johnson is the best-ranked Titan by ADP.

146.5 — Average draft position for the Titans' defense in Yahoo. That ranks last in the NFL.

131.75 — Reported transfer payment, in millions of dollars, paid by Spanish soccer team Real Madrid for the rights to Welsh player Gareth Bale. In soccer, teams pay other teams (in this case, the selling team was English side Tottenham Hotspur) for the rights to a player (as opposed to trades, as are standard in North America) and there is, of course, no salary cap. An explainer here.

20 — Percentage, roughly, of Real Madrid's $650 million 2012 revenue paid for Bale.

17,600,000 — The equivalent payment the Preds would make for a hypothetical Bale in a hypothetical hockey transfer window, based on a reported $88 million in revenue.

54,000,000 — The equivalent for the Titans, based on the $270 million in reported revenues.

Sep 3, 2013 10:00 AM