Vanderbilt coach: Team has dealt with rape case

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Vanderbilt coach James Franklin says he has tried to keep his football team busy and limit the distraction of the ongoing rape case.

Four former Commodores are charged with raping an unconscious woman in a campus dormitory, and Franklin's second-best receiver, suspended from the team, has been indicted as an accessory after the fact for advising someone how to cover it all up.

Franklin says players and coaches haven't ignored the situation, but after discussing it are trying to move forward.

Franklin used fall camp to keep the Commodores busy, but camp ended Tuesday. Still, the players didn't have time to dwell on the five men being arraigned Wednesday - classes started Wednesday at Vanderbilt.

Vanderbilt's season opener is Aug. 29 against Mississippi.


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