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"Tip" McKenzie Removed From Alcorn Football Team

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LORMAN – Alcorn State University President Dr. M. Christopher Brown II announced Thursday recently transferred student JaBorian McKenzie has been removed from the Alcorn Braves Football team roster until further notice.

"Alcorn failed to sufficiently examine the allegations against McKenzie before allowing him to participate in our football program," said President Brown. "In an effort to provide educational opportunities to a Southwest Mississippi student, Alcorn State University made an error in judgment."

McKenzie, a former Trinity Episcopal star was dismissed from the Vanderbilt football team this summer and faces criminal charges on five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of sexual battery in Nashville, TN.  McKenzie has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

President Brown added, "Participation in Alcorn State University intercollegiate athletics is a privilege and not a right. Intercollegiate athletics is an extracurricular forum for student engagement intended to provide an outlet for maturation, growth, and development. And McKenzie has been notified that the privilege to play has been withdrawn."

McKenzie played in the Braves 51-7 loss at Mississippi State this past Saturday.

President Brown charged Mr. Marcus Ward, Vice President for Institutional Advancement with immediate review of all athletics operational policies, compliance procedures, and personnel authorizations.

Additionally, Campus Police Department will review with the Department of Student Services all campus policies related to student conduct and discipline. Furthermore, President Brown also requested a criminal history report for the campus and surrounding community.

"Alcorn State University maintains its commitment to academic excellence and student achievement. A safe campus environment and well-managed intercollegiate athletics unit is central to these ambitions," stated President Brown.

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