Report: Four Vanderbilt players dismissed from football team

Vanderbilt Commodores head coach James Franklin have been suspended and could be arrested on sexually-related charges. (Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports)

Four of Vanderbilt Commodores head coach James Franklin’s players have been suspended and could be arrested on sexually-related charges. (Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports)

According to a statement made by the school, four Vandy players have been dismissed from the team amid a sex crimes investigation by Metro police.

Here is the school’s statement in full:

Four members of the Vanderbilt University football team have been dismissed from the team for violation of team rules.

The four students have also been placed on interim suspension from the university, effective immediately, pending further investigation and/or a hearing. They may not return to campus for any purpose without explicit permission from the Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity.

Vanderbilt first reported the matter that led to the dismissals to the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department and is fully cooperating with the Metro Police investigation.

“The well-being of our students is of paramount concern to us, and we will not tolerate any actions that threaten student safety and security,” said Beth Fortune, Vanderbilt vice chancellor for public affairs.

The university will comment further when appropriate.

Details are sparse as of writing, but a police spokesperson details the fact that the Sex Crimes Unit has entered the investigation.

“I can confirm that the Metropolitan Police Department’s Sex Crimes Unit began an investigation on Wednesday in regard to a matter that was alleged to have occurred at a Vanderbilt University dormitory,” said Don Aaron, spokesman for Metro police. “Our sex crimes detectives became involved as the result of a notification to us on Wednesday from Vanderbilt University police. The investigation remains very much in progress.”

The names of the four players involved have not been released either by the school or the police.

Once an SEC laughingstock, coach James Franklin has injected life into the Vanderbilt football program. The ‘Dores are expected to compete for a third-straight bowl game this season. However, with a rise to prominence, new expectations are placed upon players and coaches alike.

Franklin could not be reached for comment when USA Today tried his cell phone.

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