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Vanderbilt identifies dismissed players

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Vanderbilt University has released the names of four football players who were dismissed from the team and the school amid a sex-crime investigation.

Brandon Banks, Cory Batey, Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie and Brandon Vandenburg were kicked off the football team last month for a "violation of team rules".

The Tennessean newspaper was the first to report that Nashville police were investigating an alleged incident at a Vanderbilt dormitory. The case centered around four members of the Commodores football program.

Vanderbilt coach James Franklin released the following statement on the VU web site:

"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."