Report: Vanderbilt dismisses WR Chris Boyd from team following rape scandal

Photo: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

In a tough blow to the Vanderbilt football program, star wide receiver Chris Boyd has officially been dismissed from the team following his conditional guilty plea on Friday.

We had reported in mid-August that Boyd was facing a felony charge in the rape scandal that had caused the immediate dismissal of four of his Vanderbilt teammates. Brandon Vandenberg, along with Corey Batey, Brandon Banks and Jaborian McKenzie have been charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. Boyd was not involved in the rape of an unconscious 21-year old Vanderbilt student, but instead assisted Vandenberg in an attempt to cover up the incident.

Boyd finished second on the team in 2012 in receptions (50), receiving yards (774) and touchdowns (five). Opposite All-American candidate Jordan Matthews, the two were poised to form the most dynamic one-two receiving duo in the SEC in 2013. There had been hope that he might be able to return to the team. However, and while we do not have specific details as of writing, his actions ran quite contrary to the standard the school works to set for all of its students.