Data Scout Notes: 2013: NAC/NAM...09-07-13 - Dismissed by Vanderbilt/DS #42 rJr WR...08-16-13 - Suspended/Felony count of being an accessory to June 23 sexual assault/PBiletnikoff/TSX-PTW...2012: NA
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11/29/13 - Former Vanderbilt wide receiver Chris Boyd has decided to enter the NFL draft. Boyd's agent, Chris Turnage, confirmed Tuesday that Boyd is planning to turn pro instead of transferring to another school. Boyd's decision was first reported by nfl.com. Boyd was dismissed from Vanderbilt's team in September as part of an investigation that resulted in four of his teammates getting arrested on charges of aggravated rape, though he remains enrolled at the school. Boyd entered a conditional guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge for his role in attempting to cover up the crime.
Boyd was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days probation, and his record will be cleared if he successfully completes probation. As a condition of his plea, he agreed to testify against the others involved. Boyd, who was listed at 6-foot-4 on Vanderbilt's roster, caught 50 passes for 774 yards and five touchdowns as a sophomore last season.
Turnage said Boyd will finish his classwork at Vanderbilt in December and is on track to graduate in May after completing an internship. That played a role in Boyd's decision to turn pro rather than finishing his college career elsewhere. "He said, `I'm going to have a degree, so I might as well come out and not have to worry with injury or anything else,'" Turnage said. - AP Sports
11/29/13 - Former Vanderbilt WR Chris Boyd entering NFL Draft...Former Vanderbilt wide receiver Chris Boyd has elected not to transfer to a new program after his September dismissal and will instead enter the 2014 NFL Draft. "Basically, [I] just thought if I was ready to make this jump, and it came down to me just believing in my talents, and also knowing I'll be having my degree from Vanderbilt here in May," Boyd told NFL.com, who reported the decision. "I felt like after how everything went, it was just time to move on to bigger and better things."
Boyd was dismissed from the Commodore program after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor accessory charge in the rape investigation that resulted in the arrest of four of Boyd's former teammates on sexual battery charges. As part of his plea deal, Boyd agreed to assist prosecutors with the case after the prosecution alleged the junior from Roswell, Ga. "was not completely truthful with the police" concerning conversations he had had with the accused players. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
09/17/13 - Vanderbilt dismisses WR Chris Boyd for role in rape case...A fifth Vanderbilt player has been dismissed in the school's ongoing response to the alleged rape of a female Vanderbilt student. The Commodores announced Tuesday that wide receiver Chris Boyd is no longer part of the team, saying in a statement that Boyd's "admitted actions are clearly inconsistent with the high standards of behavior expected of our student-athletes." The Roswell, Ga., native was indicted in August on a felony accessory charge, then reached a deal with prosecutors Sept. 13 in which he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in exchange for testifying against the four former Vanderbilt players charged with rape.
Boyd had been suspended from the team following his indictment and was dismissed after the school's "ongoing review" in the wake of his guilty plea. Boyd's misdemeanor conviction saw him sentenced to just under a year of probation but no jail time. The conviction will be wiped from his record at the end of his probation.
As part of the court hearing surrounding Boyd's guilty plea, prosecutors released a graphic and set of accusations (reproduced by The Tennessean) against the junior wideout. Police said that Boyd viewed an image of the victim with an object inserted into her anus texted to him by then-Vanderbilt tight end Brandon Vandenburg. Per prosecutors, Boyd told Vandenburg in texts to "delete that s---" and "tell your roommate he didn't see s---." - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
09/13/13 - Vanderbilt WR Chris Boyd pleads guilty to lesser charge in rape case...Vanderbilt wide receiver Chris Boyd has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge for his role in the rape case involving four dismissed Commodore players. Boyd was indicted August 16 on a felony charge of being an accessory after the fact to the alleged rape, which according to police took place in the dorm room of ex-Vandy tight end Brandon Vandenburg June 23. Per the Tennesseean, Boyd pleaded guilty Friday to a lesser charge of "criminal intent" to be an accessory, and was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days of probation.
The misdemeanor conviction will be wiped from Boyd's record if he completes the probation. As part of Boyd's plea deal, he will cooperate with prosecutors in building the case against his four former teammates. Boyd had been suspended indefinitely from the team following his indictment. Vanderbilt issued a statement Friday that he "will remain suspended from the Vanderbilt University football team, pending further review by the university." The school said it would have no further comment. A junior from Roswell, Ga., Boyd was the Commodores' second-leading receiver in 2012 with 50 catches for 774 yards and five touchdowns. - The Sports Xchange
09/13/13 - Vanderbilt's Boyd pleads guilty to misdemeanor...Vanderbilt wide receiver Chris Boyd pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of criminal intent Friday in a deal with prosecutors stemming from a rape investigation, according to the Tennessean newspaper. The charge will be wiped from his criminal record if he successfully completes one year of probation.
Boyd was accused of helping cover up the rape of an unconscious woman by four Vanderbilt football players. Jaborian McKenzie -- who has transferred to Alcorn State -- Cory Batey, Brandon Banks and Brandon Vandenburg were expelled from the team earlier in the summer. Vanderbilt issued a statement Friday that Boyd "will remain suspended from the Vanderbilt University football team, pending further review by the university."
Coach James Franklin previously suspended Boyd indefinitely. Boyd is considered an NFL prospect. Last year, he caught 50 passes for 774 yards with five touchdowns for the Commodores. - The Sports Xchange