A California man indicted on charges of evidence tampering in connection with a rape investigation involving former Vanderbilt football players has surrendered to police.
Nashville, Tenn., police said in a release Friday that Miles Joseph Finley voluntarily traveled from California to Nashville and turned himself in at police headquarters. Bond was set at $10,000.
Finley and Joseph Quinzio were indicted in August on charges of tampering with electronic evidence pertaining to the investigation. According to the release, Quinzio “continues to go through the legalities of the extradition process.”
Safety Cory Batey, 19, of Nashville; defensive back Brandon Banks, 19, of Brandywine, Md.; receiver Jaborian McKenzie, 19, of Woodville, Miss.; and tight end Brandon Vandenburg, 20, of Indio, Calif., were indicted Aug. 9 on five counts of aggravated rape each among other charges. All four players were dismissed from the team and suspended from school.
Police said Finley and Quinzio were friends with Vandenburg.
Wide receiver Chris Boyd pleaded guilty Sept. 13 to a misdemeanor for his role in attempting to cover up the incident and was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days probation.
STOPPING DIRTY AGENTS
Athletic officials across the country have banded together to stop underhanded tactics some sports agents use to illegally contact college athletes.
They have been joined in the fight by five agents certified by the NFL Players Association.
“As we’ve seen over the years, there are a decent number of people out there that don’t play by the rules,” said Paul Pogge, an associate athletic director at North Carolina and co-author of a nine-page memo proposing changes to agent laws. “The more entities and individuals we can have working together to protect the student-athletes, the institutions and the professional representatives who do play by the rules, I think that benefits all of us.”
The memo, which was co-authored by agent Tony Agnone, was sent Thursday to the committee that will meet later this month in Chicago to consider updates to the Uniform Athlete Agents Act.
The names of athletics officials at 65 schools in 32 states — including BCS conference programs like Arkansas, Florida, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Stanford and Texas A&M — appear at the end of the memo in support of the proposals.
The home of the Green Bay Packers will play host to its first college football game in 33 years when the LSU Tigers of the Southeastern Conference face off against the Big 10 Conference’s Wisconsin Badgers on Sept. 3, 2016. … Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver/kick returner Vincent Dallas and offensive lineman Alan Posey have left the team. … Clemson coach Dabo Swinney suspended receiver Germone Hopper and safety Ronald Geohaghan for Saturday’s game versus Boston College for what the coach called poor behavior.Swinney said the two players violated team rules but did not release any other details. … UCLA tailback Jordon James is expected to sit out the game against California on Saturday with an injured ankle, and tackle Torian White is out for the regular season after surgery on his ankle this week.