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Four Vandy football players dismissed amid sex crime probe

Four Vandy football players dismissed amid sex crime probe
Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 4:16pm

Four Vanderbilt University football players were dismissed from the team and suspended from the school as sex crime detectives look into an alleged incident in a dormitory, the college and police said Saturday.

The school and police declined to release further details about the team rule violations.

Vanderbilt University Police reported the incident to Nashville, Tennessee, police on Wednesday, authorities said. The school said it's cooperating with investigators.

The city's sex crime investigators are looking into "a matter that is alleged to have occurred at a Vanderbilt University dormitory," Nashville Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Don Aaron said Saturday.

The investigation is ongoing, Aaron said.

While on interim suspension from the school, the four players can't be on campus without explicit permission from the school's office of student conduct and academic integrity, the university said.

"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," Vanderbilt vice chancellor for public affairs Beth Fortune said in a statement.

Last season, Vanderbilt finished 9-4 for its best record since 1915 when it was 9-1. The team won the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, beating North Carolina State 38-24.

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