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Vanderbilt’s WR Boyd Dismissed From Team

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt University announced it has dismissed Chris Boyd from the university's football team and athletic program.

Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs Beth Fortune said the decision came after an ongoing review that included information that was disclosed during a hearing on 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 out student-athletes," said Fortune in a statement released on Tuesday.

In a court hearing last week, Boyd entered a conditional guilty plea to a role in attempting to cover up the rape of an unconscious student in a dorm on the school's campus.

Boyd received an 11-month, 29-day suspended sentence for criminal attempt to commit accessory after the fact, a misdemeanor. The initial charge was a felony. If he completes probation, his record will be cleared.

As part of the plea, he will also cooperate with prosecutors to help build the case against the four former football players charged with rape.

On Tuesday, the Davison County district attorney also addressed testimony that came out during Boyd's hearing Friday, which also involved Vanderbilt Quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels.

Officials with the DA's office said in a statement:

"During the hearing text messages were read that Boyd had sent and received from other individuals. One text from Boyd to former student Corey Batey read in part ‘me Carta and Vanderwal and Vandenburg helped us move her out of the hallway," -- referring to the victim who was lying in the hall of the dorm.

However, based upon the evidence collected to date, Boyd wrongly identified student Austyn Carta-Samuels as someone who participated in helping move the victim.

Carta-Samuels and Dillon Vanderwal are both listed as witnesses in the rape case against four former Vanderbilt students.

Vanderwal and another student were involved in moving the victim from the hall to a dorm room, but that act alone does not constitute a crime."

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