Last year, Vanderbilt football made waves with its play on the field. Unfortunately, it’s off-the-field problems making the headlines this year in Nashville. According to Erik Ainge, four Commodores players were allegedly involved in raping a player’s girlfriend earlier this off-season.
Today, Vanderbilt coach James Franklin announced the dismissal of four players from the team: Brandon Banks, Corey Baty, Jaborian McKenzie, and Brandon Vandenburg. Franklin also released the following statement via the school’s athletic site:
“For student athletes at Vanderbilt, it is a privilege, not a right, to be a part of the program. My coaching staff and I make sure every member of our team understands that. We insist on high standards of personal responsibility and integrity, and there are consequences when those standards are not met.
“In dealing with this matter,the Commodores football team will continue to hold itself to the same high standards of responsibility and integrity Vanderbilt demands of all of our students.
“We are cooperating fully with the Nashville Police Departmentandhave pledged not to say or do anything that could interfere withits workor compromise the rights of anyone involved.We have not prejudged anyone’s guilt or innocence.”
It’s no surprise to see Franklin take action in this situation — we’ll keep you posted as we learn more.