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DA Says Quarterback, Coach Not Involved In Rape Case

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Davidson County District Attorney's office said Vanderbilt's quarterback and coach were not involved in the alleged attempt to cover up the rape of an unconscious student by four former football players.

The statements were made at a press conference Thursday. DA General Torry Johnson said he wanted to clear any confusion, and stop inaccurate reports and false rumors from spreading.

The confusion stemmed over a text from former player Chris Boyd that was revealed during his plea hearing last Friday. The text mentioned the quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels as one of two people who helped Boyd move the victim out of a hallway.

Johnson made clear the text was from Boyd but misidentified Carta-Samuels. Johnson also said more details would come out during trial that will clarify the facts of the case.

The District Attorney's office released a statement Tuesday saying the text misidentified Carta-Samuels as one of the students who helped move the victim.

During the press conference Johnson also addressed rumors of involvement by Vandy head coach James Franklin. He said those rumors were untrue.

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.

As part of the plea, officials said Boyd would cooperate with prosecutors to help build the case against the four former football players charged with the rape.

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