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Why Did James Franklin Tout Tanzania? - Eric Alvarez

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- Vanderbilt head football coach James Franklin dodged Fox 17s questions about former player Chris Boyd staying on scholarship despite pleading guilty to covering up an alleged on-campus rape, at a Monday press conference.

Instead, Franklin brought up, an unbelievable video about Tanzania that the Vanderbilt Athletic department released on Monday.

Boyd did not participate in that trip so what exactly was Franklin talking about?

     Franklin was referring to a trip 22 Vanderbilt student-athletes took to eastern Africa with Nashville-based non-profit, Soles4Souls.

The University put this video on its YouTube channel.  It shows the athletes giving shoes to hundreds of families in Tanzania, in July.

The student-athletes that made the trip were from many different sports, including cross country, golf, even bowling...

I can't believe I'm actually here, said Andrew Fix, cross country athlete.  The things that I'm seeing are just life-changing."

"It was a trip that seemed like a great opportunity and I'll have to say it's completely exceeded my expectations, Vanderbilt soccer player Ashley Vega said.

"To see them walk out with a smile on their face, it's just unbelievable, said Grant Ramsay, football player.

Ramsay joined fellow football player scot Aiello on the trip.

Soles4Souls says the student athletes gave out more than 1,200 shoes to needy families.

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