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July 16, 2013

Vandy releases names of dismissed players

Brandon Banks, Cory Batey, Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie and Brandon Vandenburg are currently under investigation by Nashville-Davidson Metro Police and are barred from Vandy's campus. The are also no longer on Vandy's football team.

James Franklin's statement:
"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 Department and have pledged not to say or do anything that could interfere with its work or compromise the rights of anyone involved. We have not prejudged anyone's guilt or innocence."
You can read Vandy's full statement here.

Chris Low thinks Franklin will not handle the questioning he'll encounter today in Hoover very well with quiet deferral...
But I also know the way Franklin rolls. He’s an in-your-face, bite-back kind of guy. He doesn’t back down, which has been a trademark of his first two teams at Vanderbilt.
I think that is all any of us are hoping for. Not to make light of the situation in Nashville, but some people see Franklin's demeanor as a feature and celebrate that when they view it as being an asshole in other coaches. I bet we'll see just how much of a feature it is when he takes the podium today.



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