Boyd was dismissed from the Commodore program after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor accessory charge in the rape investigation that resulted in the arrest of four of Boyd's former teammates on sexual battery charges. As part of his plea deal, Boyd agreed to assist prosecutors with the case after the prosecution alleged the junior from Roswell, Ga. "was not completely truthful with the police" concerning conversations he had had with the accused players. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
11/29/2013 - Former Vanderbilt wide receiver Chris Boyd has decided to enter the NFL draft. Boyd's agent, Chris Turnage, confirmed Tuesday that Boyd is planning to turn pro instead of transferring to another school. Boyd's decision was first reported by nfl.com. Boyd was dismissed from Vanderbilt's team in September as part of an investigation that resulted in four of his teammates getting arrested on charges of aggravated rape, though he remains enrolled at the school. Boyd entered a conditional guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge for his role in attempting to cover up the crime.
Boyd was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days probation, and his record will be cleared if he successfully completes probation. As a condition of his plea, he agreed to testify against the others involved. Boyd, who was listed at 6-foot-4 on Vanderbilt's roster, caught 50 passes for 774 yards and five touchdowns as a sophomore last season.
Turnage said Boyd will finish his classwork at Vanderbilt in December and is on track to graduate in May after completing an internship. That played a role in Boyd's decision to turn pro rather than finishing his college career elsewhere. "He said, `I'm going to have a degree, so I might as well come out and not have to worry with injury or anything else,'" Turnage said. - AP Sports
09/17/2013 - Vanderbilt dismisses WR Chris Boyd for role in rape case...A fifth Vanderbilt player has been dismissed in the school's ongoing response to the alleged rape of a female Vanderbilt student. The Commodores announced Tuesday that wide receiver Chris Boyd is no longer part of the team, saying in a statement that Boyd's "admitted actions are clearly inconsistent with the high standards of behavior expected of our student-athletes." The Roswell, Ga., native was indicted in August on a felony accessory charge, then reached a deal with prosecutors Sept. 13 in which he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in exchange for testifying against the four former Vanderbilt players charged with rape.
Boyd had been suspended from the team following his indictment and was dismissed after the school's "ongoing review" in the wake of his guilty plea. Boyd's misdemeanor conviction saw him sentenced to just under a year of probation but no jail time. The conviction will be wiped from his record at the end of his probation.
As part of the court hearing surrounding Boyd's guilty plea, prosecutors released a graphic and set of accusations (reproduced by The Tennessean) against the junior wideout. Police said that Boyd viewed an image of the victim with an object inserted into her anus texted to him by then-Vanderbilt tight end Brandon Vandenburg. Per prosecutors, Boyd told Vandenburg in texts to "delete that s---" and "tell your roommate he didn't see s---." - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
09/12/2013 - WR Chris Boyd remains suspended with legal troubles related to a rape case that involved teammates. Boyd was not involved in the rape, but has missed the first two games. He could be cleared to play by Saturday. - The Sports Xchange
09/07/2013 - WR Chris Boyd, VU's second-leading receiver a year ago, remains suspended indefinitely for his role as an accessory after-the-fact for a'June 23'rape of a student on the Vanderbilt campus. Campus policy will not allow for Boyd's return while the charges linger.'Sept. 19'is set as a discussion date in the case, and the junior's case could be settled by then. - The Sports Xchange
09/01/2013 - OTHER VANDERBILT PROSPECTS WORTH WATCHING: WR Chris Boyd (6-4, 205, 4.57)- The Sports Xchange...Matthews is certainly the headliner at Vanderbilt but Boyd has actually been the better big play threat for the Commodores, scoring 13 touchdowns over the past two seasons. Boyd led the ???Dores with eight scores as a redshirt freshman and teamed with Matthews to give Vanderbilt the most prolific duo of receivers in the SEC last season, catching 50 passes for 774 yards. Like Matthews, Boyd possesses excellent size and deceptive speed. Boyd is one of five Vanderbilt players indicted on charges involving an alleged rape. Police say Boyd gave one of the other four defendents advice on how to cover up the crime. Boyd has been suspended for his role in the incident. The other four players were dismissed from the team on June 29 and face rape charges. Each have pleaded not guilty. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/29/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: WR Chris Boyd - Jordan Matthews may be a first-team All-American next year, but Boyd (50 catches, 774 yards, five TDs) is on the verge of becoming an elite receiver as well. The rising junior has amazing body control and a knack for making huge, highlight-reel plays. - The Sports Xchange
08/17/2013 - Chris Boyd, Vanderbilt's second-leading receiver last season, has been added to the list of players indicted as part of an investigation into a June 23 sexual assault of a Vanderbilt University co-ed in a campus dormitory, the Tennessean reported Friday. Boyd, a redshirt junior, is charged with one felony count of being an accessory after the fact. In essence, he is accused of being part of an attempted cover-up. Boyd's bond was set at $25,000. Four former Vanderbilt players were originally indicted in the case: Brandon Vandenburg, Brandon Banks, Tip McKenzie and Corey Batey. They were charged with aggravated rape and aggravated assault battery. Boyd has been suspended from the team pending further review. Boyd caught 50 passes for 774 yards and five touchdowns for the Commodores last season. Vanderbilt went 9-4 last year. - The Sports Xchange
07/18/2013 - 2013 BILETNIKOFF AWARD WATCH LIST: Chris Boyd, Vanderbilt, JR...This marks the first Biletnikoff preseason recognition for Boyd, who came into his own last year. The junior totaled 50 catches, 774 receiving yards and five touchdowns, including a pair of acrobatic catches in late-season victories over Tennessee and N.C. State. Boyd's 2012 season ranks among the top 10 receiving campaigns ever by a Vanderbilt receiver. - Vanderbilt football