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Vanderbilt rape suspect dismissed from Alcorn team

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Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie
LORMAN, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Rape suspect and former Vanderbilt University player JaBorian "Tip" McKenzie, a native of Natchez, has been dismissed from the Alcorn State University football team.

Alcorn President Dr. M. Christopher Brown II said in a statement that the university "failed to sufficiently examine the allegations against McKenzie before allowing him to participate in our football program."

"In an effort to provide educational opportunities to a Southwest Mississippi student, Alcorn State University made an error in judgment," Brown said in the statement.

McKenzie was one of four players kicked off the Vanderbilt football team after being accused of raping an unconscious victim inside a dorm room. Vanderbilt officials banned the four from campus.

McKenzie has pleaded not guilty to aggravated rape and aggravated sexual battery charges, according to WSMV-TV.

NCAA rules allow student-athletes to transfer from a Football Bowl Subdivision school to a lower classification.

McKenzie returned three kickoffs for 80 yards and caught a pass on the final drive in Saturday's game against Mississippi State University.

McKenzie was a standout at Trinity Episcopal Day School in Natchez.

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