by Steven Hale
As the day's slate of college football games is getting underway, a report from Buzzfeed on the Vanderbilt rape case involving five football players has just hit the web, revealing more sordid details in a case which seems as if it will only get worse.
The story, written by former Tennessean reporter Bobby Allyn, also includes the particularly startling allegation that Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin told a player to delete footage of the incident.
From Allyn's report:
A source close to one of the defendants said he believes that Franklin encouraged a player to delete a video of the incident after the player showed it to Franklin.
“I’m 99.9 percent sure that Franklin saw the video,” the source said. “And I wouldn’t be surprised if the public finds this out soon.”
“Coach Franklin denies that emphatically,” said Hal Hardin, Franklin’s attorney. “People always speculate and gossip. There is no truth to that accusation whatsoever. It’s inflammatory.”
“He has been cooperating fully with the investigation,” Hardin said. Prosecutors believe they have recovered all the images associated with the incident and that no potential evidence was lost before or during the investigation.
Be sure to read the whole story here. Also out today is a piece from The New York Times which examines Vanderbilt as a school and football program that had risen to its highest heights right as it hit an all time low.
UPDATE, 1 p.m.: More from David Boclair at PostSports.