In what has already been a disturbing week for off-field news, another surfaced on Friday via Brian Haas of The Tennessean. Four Vanderbilt football players are suspended, and Haas writes that it is in connection with a “sex crimes investigation” the Nashville Metro Police are conducting.
The Vanderbilt University official website confirmed the players’ suspensions, though provided no names nor details.
Vanderbilt opens 2013 in pursuit of its program-record third consecutive bowl history. Last year’s Commodore team set a new benchmark for success with nine wins. Several key players from that squad return.
The on-field impact any suspended player may have had on the impending season is insignificant when addressing the troubling connotations of a sex crime investigation.
Vanderbilt has been a model program for player conduct. Per ArrestNation.com just one player in recent years, safety Andre Simmons, has been arrested. Simmons was charged with felony robbery in November 2011 and quickly dismissed from the team.