College football roundup: Vanderbilt WR dismissed

Boyd pleaded guilty in connection with sexual assault case

Published: 10:21 AM EDT Sep 18, 2013
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Vanderbilt dismissed wide receiver Chris Boyd from the football program after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal intent in the sexual assault case involving four former teammates, the school announced Tuesday.

Boyd, who had 50 receptions for 774 yards and five touchdowns last season, originally was charged with felony accessory after the fact in the case and suspended from the team in mid-August. He avoided a felony conviction with his guilty plea on Friday in Davidson County Criminal Court to covering up the alleged rape in June of a 21-year-old Vanderbilt female student in a dorm room.

The 21-year-old Boyd was placed on probation for 11 months and 29 days. But if he avoids trouble during that period and testifies against the former teammates, his criminal record will be expunged.

---BYU linebacker Spencer Hadley's suspension was defined by the school as five games, according to reports on Tuesday night.

A university spokesman confirmed to the Salt Lake Tribune and Provo Daily Herald that the suspension, which originally was announced as indefinite, stemmed from a violation of BYU's strict honor code of conduct.

The university did not offer an explanation of the nature of the infraction and coach Bronco Mendenhall did not make a statement. The honor code prohibits premarital sex and alcohol and drug use.

The Daily Herald reported that Hadley will remain in school and work with the dean of students during the suspension.

The junior started the Cougars' first two games this season and all 13 games in 2012. He is tied for fourth on the team in tackles with 12 so far this year.

Hadley will miss Saturday's in-state battle with Utah at LaVell Edwards Stadium. His backup at the linebacker spot is senior Tyler Beck.

---Nebraska coach Bo Pelini is hoping that fans forgive him for profanity-laced remarks he made two years ago that were made public this week.

Pelini apologized Tuesday during a Big Ten coaches' teleconference after issuing a statement on Monday night. Meanwhile, Nebraska officials continue to reflect on the situation. Pelini has spoken with chancellor Harvey Perlman and athletic director Shawn Eichorst, but there was no official indication of whether Pelini might face punishment. released audio of a Pelini tirade after the Cornhuskers rallied in the second half to beat Ohio State in October 2011. He lashed out at fans for booing the team and leaving the game early. The controversy came on the heels of Nebraska's 41-21 loss at home on Saturday to UCLA, which rallied from an 18-point deficit to defeat the Cornhuskers for the second straight year. The loss dropped Nebraska's record to 2-1.