The four players that were kicked off the Vanderbilt football team in June have been identified by the head coach after releasing a statement on Monday.
Coach James Franklin released a statement Monday saying defensive back Brandon Banks, safety Cory Batey, receiver Jaborian ”Tip” McKenzie and tight end Brandon Vandenburg are no longer on the roster after violating team rules.
Vanderbilt dismissed the players June 29 and kicked them off campus for an incident being investigated by the Metro Nashville Police Department’s sex crimes unit, but university officials had not identified them.
It won’t make a major impact on the field for the Commodores, as three of them didn’t touch the field last season, and Vandenburg was signed just this year.
None of them have been found guilty yet, but that didn’t stop the school from kicking them off the football team pretty early in the trial process. But the ongoing investigation would have created a distraction for the football team, and just by those players being allegedly involved in a sex crime is enough to take away their opportunity to play football.
Vanderbilt is coming off of their best season in nearly a century. They went 9-4 and won the Music City Bowl by defeating the North Carolina Wolfpack, 38-24.