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Vanderbilt head football coach James Franklin is playing defense after an online article alleged the coach was involved in a cover up of the rape investigation.

"I'm not going to waste your time or mine reacting to baseless statements, not going to do it," said Franklin. "I could not be more sympathetic to the alleged victim; it's a very serious issue."

The Buzzfeed article claims Franklin saw the video of the alleged rape in a Vanderbilt dorm room and told his players to delete it.

Franklin did not talk about the article's claim, but the article says Franklin hired a criminal attorney.

Our sister station WSMV says that attorney is simply an adviser to Vanderbilt's head coach.

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