Vanderbilt coach James Franklin issued a statement concerning four dismissed football players. (Getty Images)
Vanderbilt University announced Monday that four football players who have been suspended due to a violation of team rules will not be part of the 2013 roster.
Nashville police are investigating a possible sex crime involving the four players.
Brandon Banks, Cory Batey, Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie and Brandon Vandenburg were banned from the campus amid the investigation.
Vanderbilt went 9-4 and beat North Carolina State in the Music City Bowl last year for its best season since 1915.
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Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin issued a statement Monday:
"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."