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Ex-Vanderbilt Player Removed From Alcorn State Roster

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Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie, seen here in a mugshot from the Metro Nashville Police Department following his arrest in August. Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie, seen here in a mugshot from the Metro Nashville Police Department following his arrest in August.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The former Vanderbilt football player accused in a campus rape case who transferred to a Mississippi university has been removed from the team's roster until further notice.

Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie played his first game for the Alcorn State University football team on Saturday. He recorded 80 yards on three kickoff returns during their 51-7 loss to Mississippi State.

Alcorn State's president, Dr. M. Christopher Brown II, released a statement Thursday night saying the school did not properly vet McKenzie in light of the allegations against him.

"Alcorn failed to sufficiently examine the allegations against McKenzie before allowing him to participate in our football program," Brown said. "In an effort to provide educational opportunities to a Southwest Mississippi student, Alcorn State University made an error in judgment."

McKenzie grew up in nearby Woodville, Mississippi, about 70 miles from Alcorn State.

He was one of four players dismissed from the Vanderbilt University football team on June 29. He along with Brandon Vandenburg, Cory Batey, and Brandon Banks were indicted August 9 on five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. All four have since been released on bond, and are awaiting court dates in October.

Officials with the Metro Nashville Police Department said the four defendants raped an unconscious victim inside Vandenburg's room at his Gillette House dorm in the early morning hours of Sunday, June 23.

In the statement, Brown said participation in intercollegiate athletics was a privilege and not a right.

"McKenzie has been notified that the privilege to play has been withdrawn," he said.

Alcorn State planned an "immediate review of all athletic operational policies, compliance procedures, and personnel authorizations."

Brown went even further to ask police for a criminal history report for the campus and surrounding community.

"Alcorn State University maintains its commitment to academic excellence and student achievement. A safe campus environment and well-managed intercollegiate athletics unit is central to these ambitions," said Brown.

University officials also planned to review policies for student conduct and discipline on campus with their Department of Student Services.

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(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)

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