By Ross Kelly

Football rallying cries/season slogans/motivational quotes have become commonplace these days. Teams adopt some saying that they hope embodies their upcoming season or what they’re trying to accomplish.

Vanderbilt University, fresh off a 3-9 season (0-8 in the SEC), created a slogan for its upcoming football season under second-year coach Derek Mason. What was meant to embody the tough, but smart, mindset of a Commodore football player instead came across as a reference to sexual assault. Here is the since-deleted tweet of the slogan in full context:

Clearly not intelligent.

What makes this even worse is the fact that just last month some former Vanderbilt football players were reindicted on rape charges after a mistrial. Four players were charged with counts of aggravated rape and sexual battery from an incident that occurred in June 2013.

After receiving backlash on social media from the tweet/slogan, Vandy Football then apologized for the earlier tweet and then tried to clarify the slogan:

The twitter account for the school itself then retweeted the above two tweets.

According to Sportsbook operator CG Technology, Vanderbilt football has the lowest odds out of any Power 5 team to win its conference (100-1) and their over/under for wins is 3.5. Something tells me that they would rather comment on those numbers than talk about their asinine slogan and ongoing rape case.

Commodores football opens up its season on September 3 vs. Western Kentucky.

Ross Kelly is an Associated Producer for CBS Local Sports. He is from Louisiana and is a fan of all sports, but not of any teams (except LSU). He can be reached at