Vanderbilt Rumors & News

  • Cory Batey found guilty of aggravated rape in retrial

    Tennessean "A jury found former Vanderbilt University football player Cory Batey guilty of aggravated rape in the assault of an unconscious woman late Friday after a weeklong trial in Nashville. The jury deliberated about 2½ hours after hearing five days of testimony. Jurors reached their verdict about 11..." April 10

  • Vanderbilt rape victim 'deeply disappointed' in jury's verdict

    Tennessean "The woman who was raped in a Vanderbilt University dorm in 2013 released a statement Saturday, one day after a man was found guilty in the high-profile case. She praised the hard work of prosecutors, and called for more protections for victims in the court system and a change in the law that..." April 10

  • Former Vanderbilt football player found guilty of dorm room rape

    Tennessean "A jury found former Vanderbilt University football player Cory Batey guilty of aggravated rape in the assault of an unconscious woman late Friday after a weeklong trial in Nashville. The jury deliberated about 2½ hours after hearing five days of testimony. Jurors reached their verdict about 11..." April 09

  • Mike Bobo finalizes Colorado St. staff with ex-Vandy coach

    College Football Talk "Entering the day with one hole to fill on his Colorado State coaching staff, Mike Bobo has seen that opening disappear. Bobo confirmed in a press release that Jamie Bryant has been hired to serve as CSU’s special teams coordinator. Bryant’s two decades in the coaching profession included a..." February 17

  • Bears QB Jay Cutler to be inducted into Vanderbilt Hall of Fame

    ESPN "Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will be among nine former collegiate athletes inducted into the Vanderbilt Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday night. A former SEC Offensive Player of the Year, Cutler starred for the Commodores from 2002-05. Cutler left school as Vanderbilt’s all-time leader in..." January 20

  • Vanderbilt's Stephen Weatherly declares for NFL draft

    Tennessean "Vanderbilt linebacker Stephen Weatherly has declared himself eligible for the NFL draft, forgoing his final year of college eligibility. Weatherly, a redshirt junior, said he filed his paperwork with the NFL office late last week, acknowledging that he is entering the draft as an..." January 05

  • Vanderbilt rape suspect Brandon Banks to play for Jackson's Lane College

    Tennessean "Rape suspect and former Vanderbilt football player Brandon Banks has been accepted to play football at Lane College in Jackson. Lane President Logan Hampton confirmed Banks’ enrollment at the Division II school on Monday night, but he said the defensive back is not on scholarship. Head coach..." August 25

  • Vanderbilt starting left tackle suffers knee injury, out for season

    CBS Sports "Vanderbilt won just three games in 2014 and were already expected to struggle again in 2015, but the Commodores' task is being made even more difficult due to camp injuries. After losing top wide receiver C.J. Duncan for the season to a leg injury last week the Commodores got more bad news on..." August 21

  • Vanderbilt football sends out, then deletes, tone-deaf tweet: 'We don't need your permission'

    USA Today "Vanderbilt football’s Twitter account sent out a tone-deaf tweet on Thursday afternoon that included the quote: “WE DON’T NEED YOUR PERMISSION.” They eventually deleted the tweet. Twitter users were confounded by the choice of words in the tweet, considering that two former Vanderbilt..." August 06

  • Vanderbilt’s Jordan Cunningham to transfer to North Carolina

    Tennessean "Former Vanderbilt receiver Jordan Cunningham is transferring to North Carolina. Cunningham caught 19 passes for 150 yards in two seasons with Vanderbilt. He took a leave of absence in September for personal reasons, and in May said on Twitter that he was transferring to Cincinnati." July 23

  • Judge declares mistrial, throws out guilty verdicts in Vanderbilt rape case

    SI - College Football "A Tennessee judge granted a motion to declare a mistrial in the Vanderbilt rape case Tuesday, according to WKRN-TV in Nashville, throwing out the guilty verdicts against two former Vanderbilt football players. The judge “did not address how the case will proceed going forward, and whether a..." June 24

  • Former Vanderbilt, LSU QB Stephen Rivers lands at Northwestern State

    Alabama "Stephen Rivers has settled on his destination for 2015. The Athens native and former LSU and Vanderbilt quarterback has signed with Northwestern State, an FCS school in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The younger brother of San Diego Chargers star Philip Rivers will have one season of eligibility..." June 23

  • Mitch Parsons ruled eligible to play for Colorado State by NCAA

    Denver Post "Big news arrived Monday from the NCAA for Colorado State football, first-year coach Mike Bobo and especially for tight end Mitch Parsons. Parsons, a transfer from Vanderbilt and former four-star prospect, was ruled eligible to play this season and will not have to sit out the usual transfer..." June 02

  • Vanderbilt QB/WR Josh Grady to transfer to Florida

    CBS Sports "Down to two scholarship quarterbacks following the departure of Skyler Mornhinweg, Florida has at least given itself another body at the position with the addition of former Vanderbilt quarterback-slash-wide receiver Josh Grady, 247Sports affiliate reported Friday. Grady is a..." May 16

  • Vanderbilt QB Patton Robinette's career is over

    Yahoo Sports - NCAAF - Dr. Saturday "Vanderbilt QB Patton Robinette has ended his playing career. Robinette made the announcement to his teammates on Friday. According to the school, the decision "was influenced by a history of injuries." Robinette suffered a concussion in September, and according to his high school coach, it..." March 27

  • Vanderbilt QBs ‘separated themselves’ in spring

    Tennessean "New Vanderbilt offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig said the starting quarterback will become “crystal clear” in time, but he’s not tipping his hand heading into Saturday’s Black & Gold Spring Game. Junior Patton Robinette, sophomore Johnny McCrary, sophomore Wade Freebeck and redshirt freshman..." March 20

  • Report: Attorneys for Vandy player seek to have rape verdict dashed

    Fox Sports - College Football "Defense attorneys for former Vanderbilt football player Brandon Vandenburg, who along with ex-teammate Cory Batey was convicted of rape on Wednesday, are reportedly seeking to have the verdict tossed. According to NewsChannel 5 (, the defense claims to have learned that one of the..." January 31

  • 2 ex-Vanderbilt players convicted in rape trial

    The Score "A Nashville jury has found ex-Vanderbilt football players Cory Batey and Brandon Vandenburg guilty of raping a former student in a campus dorm room in June 2013. Batey, 21, was found guilty on all seven counts he faced, while Vandenburg, also 21, was found guilty on all nine counts, including..." January 28

  • Former Vandy player accuses ex-teammate of initiating rape

    College Football Talk "The Vanderbilt rape case gets worse the more we learn about it. Taking the stand in a Nashville court today, former Commodore wideout Jaborian “Tip” McKenzie accused former teammate Brandon Vandenburg of initiating the alleged June 2013 sexual assault that left four ex-Vanderbilt players, Cory..." January 20

  • Vanderbilt's Derek Mason completes staff makeover

    ESPN "It wasn’t the kind of debut season that Derek Mason or anybody at Vanderbilt was hoping for, but Mason already feels better about his second go-round as head coach because of the way he’s been able to restructure his coaching staff. Mason announced on Monday that former Dartmouth assistant and..." January 20

  • QB Stephen Rivers to leave Vanderbilt

    Tennessean "Vanderbilt quarterback Stephen Rivers tweeted today that he has been granted his release by the school. Rivers posted: "I have been granted a release from Vanderbilt. I am very appreciative of the opportunity they gave me. Wish everyone there the best. I am looking forward to playing and..." January 19

  • Former four-star TE transfers from Vanderbilt to Colorado State

    College Football Talk "The Colorado State Rams don’t have a head coach yet, but they’ve already landed a big commitment. Tight end Mitchell Parsons was one of the crown jewels in the Vanderbilt Commodores’ 2013 recruiting class. The former four-star recruit was considered the nation’s seventh-best tight end prospect,..." December 20

  • Vandy releases Karl Dorrell, two other coaches

    Tennessean "Vanderbilt announced the release of offensive coordinator Karl Dorrell, wide receivers coach Marc Lubick and strength coach Bill Hughan on Wednesday. All three served one season at Vanderbilt under first-year head coach Derek Mason. Dorrell and Lubick were casualties of a coaching staff that..." December 03

  • Vanderbilt RB Jerron Seymour dismissed

    Yahoo! Sports "Vanderbilt running back Jerron Seymour is no longer on the team. Seymour was dismissed by Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason. The school confirmed the dismissal on Wednesday, which, per, was for a violation of team rules. The junior was Vanderbilt's best running back in 2013, but..." November 20

  • Redshirt freshman Johnny McCrary to become Vandy's 4th starting QB this season

    Tennessean "Vanderbilt redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny McCrary will get his first career start at Missouri on Saturday. Coach Derek Mason named McCrary the starter Tuesday, giving the Commodores their fourth different starting quarterback this season. Vanderbilt (2-5, 0-4 SEC) will play at Missouri..." October 22

  • Vanderbilt dismisses running back, loses cornerback

    College Football Talk "A few weeks after being indefinitely suspended, Vanderbilt running back Brian Kimbrow has now officially been dismissed by the team. In addition, cornerback Paris Head has opted to leave the football program on much better mutual terms. Kimbrow was suspended by head coach Derek Mason on an..." October 16

  • New sexual assault claim surfaces in Vandy football rape case

    Tennessean "A separate sex assault investigation at Gillette Hall at Vanderbilt University surfaced in court Thursday during a hearing for four former football players indicted on rape charges. The four ex-players are charged in what police said was the rape of an unconscious 21-year-old female student in..." October 10

  • Vandy WR Cunningham takes leave of absence

    Tennessean "Vanderbilt sophomore receiver Jordan Cunningham has taken a leave of absence from the team due to personal reasons, according to coach Derek Mason. Cunningham is still enrolled in school and plans to finish this semester, according to Vanderbilt spokesman Larry Leathers. "Jordan has taken a..." September 25

  • Freebeck expected to get quarterback start today

    Vanderbilt Commodores "Wade Freebeck is expected to get the starting assignment at quarterback today as Vanderbilt hosts Massachusetts in an early kickoff on campus. Freebeck, from Davie, Fla., would become just the fifth true freshman to start at quarterback for the Commodores and the first since 1998 when David..." September 13

  • Suspect in Vandy rape case removed from CA football team

    WSMV - Nashville "Butte College in California has removed Brandon Banks, one of the four men charged in the Vanderbilt rape case, from its football team after the Channel 4 I-Team asked questions about why he was able to play. Despite facing five counts of aggravated rape, the I-Team had just learned Banks was..." September 12

  • Report: Vandy buys out of 2018 game at UMass

    College Football Talk "As part of the SEC’s non-conference scheduling requirement for all conference members, each school’s football schedule must include at least one game against an opponent from another power conference. Vanderbilt could be working on setting something up to meet that requirement. Vanderbilt..." September 10

  • Scripted Vandy ready to ride QB Robinette in season opener

    Fox Sports Tennessee "Head coach Derek Mason has been a one-quarterback coach since Day 1 of his new tenure at Vanderbilt. That's why he and offensive coordinator Karl Dorrell were very particular in their months-long scrutiny and ultimate declaration that sophomore Patton Robinette start on Thursday, with..." August 28

  • Derek Mason: QB Patton Robinette to start for Vanderbilt's opener

    CBS Sports "First-year Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason kept the competition at quarterback running through spring practice and fall camp, but it concluded on Thursday night with the announcement that sophomore Patton Robinette will start the season opener against Temple. Robinette, a starter in three games..." August 22

  • Dare Odeyingbo verbally commits to Vanderbilt over Texas Tech, others

    Dallas Morning News "Irving Cistercian athlete Dare Odeyingbo committed to Vanderbilt on Saturday night. The three-star prospect chose the Commodores over Iowa, Iowa State, Missouri, Texas Tech, Wisconsin and others. “Coach (Derek) Mason said they were very impressed with my physicality. He thinks I’ll be a..." August 11

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 09

  • Former Vandy player moves on to WVU

    College Football Talk "A month and a half after leaving Vanderbilt a second time, Darien Bryant has found a new place to ply his football wares. While the school has yet to announce his addition, a source with knowledge of the situation tells CFT that Bryant has decided to transfer into the West Virginia football..." July 30

  • Vanderbilt retires No. 1 jersey to support young fan fighting for his life

    Yahoo! Sports "Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason has only been on campus a few months, but he’s already making all the right decisions. On Wednesday, one of those decisions included retiring the No. 1 jersey for the season, so it could be entrusted to the Commodores No. 1 fan, Michael Sloan. Michael, a..." July 18

  • SEC defines QB 'strike zone' for defenders

    ESPN "In a move to further protect players from dangerous hits, the SEC has defined a "strike zone" from below the neck to above the knees in which an unabated defender may attempt to tackle an "offensive player in a passing posture." "This is a player safety issue," said Steve Shaw, the SEC's..." July 17

  • Vandy officially adds two Stanford transfers, including OC’s son

    College Football Talk "In January, Vanderbilt announced that Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason had been hired as the Commodores’ new head coach. In mid-June, it was reported that Mason had added a former Cardinal to his new roster. A month later, the pipeline from The Farm has officially produced not one but..." July 11

  • Oakland linebacker Josh Smith commits to Vanderbilt

    Tennessean "The Smith brothers will play together again. Oakland senior Josh Smith on Tuesday night committed to Vanderbilt, where he will join his older brother, Emmanuel, who will be a freshman safety for the Commodores in the fall. The younger Smith made his announcement on ESPNU during "The..." July 09

  • Reports: Stanford TE Davis Dudchock transfers to Vanderbilt

    Tennessean "Stanford tight end Davis Dudchock will transfer to Vanderbilt for his fifth year of eligibility, according to reports. The Stanford Daily, 247SPORTS and other outlets reported earlier today that Dudchock was not included on the 2014 Stanford roster and has enrolled in graduate school at..." June 16

  • Derek Mason carries Saban-sized expectations to Vanderbilt

    CBS Sports "Derek Mason packed two suits for a business trip in January. This had nothing to do with diversifying his fabric game and everything to do with symbolism. The blue suit was for a job interview with Vanderbilt on a Thursday in northern Atlanta, the other was this black suit he wore from a Vandy..." June 06

  • LSU QB Stephen Rivers officially transfers to Vandy

    Tennessean "Vanderbilt has bolstered its depth at quarterback, announcing the transfer of former LSU quarterback Stephen Rivers. Rivers, 6-6, 230, has two years of eligibility remaining. He completed an undergraduate degree at LSU in May, was granted the waiver to join Vanderbilt late Tuesday by the..." June 04

  • Attorneys: James Franklin contacted victim in Vanderbilt rape case

    Tennessean "Defense attorneys for a former Vanderbilt University football player charged with rape filed a scorched-earth motion Tuesday asking a judge to dismiss the case or reprimand prosecutors for destroying or failing to preserve evidence. In a detailed, 24-page filing, the defense team for Brandon..." April 29

  • Vanderbilt consults lawyers on player unionization

    CBS Sports "The Northwestern player union has at least one major-conference private school preparing for the big-picture ramifications. Vanderbilt athletics has consulted with its lawyers about the dynamics of a union, what it might mean for the school and how to best serve students, AD David Williams told..." April 01

  • SEC Outlook: A&M's potential 1-2 punch, Ole Miss pass rush and Vandy's 3-4

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The loss of Johnny Manziel and Ben Malena at Texas A&M opens the door for a pair of returning running backs to make their mark. Implementing new schemes, changing positions and coming back from injury are also what spring practice is about. RBs could supply Aggies with 1-2 punch With so much..." March 13

  • Vanderbilt QB competition heats up as spring practice starts

    Tennessean "Vanderbilt’s quarterback competition is underway. Of course, redshirt freshman Johnny McCrary insists it’s just one more thing he and sophomore Patton Robinette will be battling over each day. “We’re the most competitive people probably in Nashville, or possibly the United States,” McCrary..." March 12

  • Vandy drops assistant after pleading guilty of drunk driving

    College Football Talk "Vanderbilt defensive line coach Vavae Tata will not have a position on the coaching staff after pleading guilty to a drunk driving charge on Wednesday. Tata’s plea agreement absolves him of a count of leaving the scene of an accident. Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason is expected to fill out..." March 06

  • Vandy drops assistant after pleading guilty of drunk driving

    College Football Talk "Vanderbilt defensive line coach Vavae Tata will not have a position on the coaching staff after pleading guilty to a drunk driving charge on Wednesday. Tata’s plea agreement absolves him of a count of leaving the scene of an accident. Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason is expected to fill out..." March 06

  • Vanderbilt assistant football coach Vavae Tata charged with DUI

    Tennessean "Vanderbilt assistant football coach Vavae Tata has been charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, according to Metro police reports. A Davidson County affidavit states that Tata was arrested Sunday in Nashville and blew a .18 percent on a breathalyzer test,..." February 18

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