As Vanderbilt limps toward the finish line known as National Signing Day, former Commodore quarterback Jordan Rodgers did his alma mater no favors. On Tuesday, Rodgers produced a string of angry tweets lashing out at the Vandy administration for making himself and other former Commodores pay to us the school’s new indoor practice facility.
The diatribe was not pretty. But the wheel that does the squeaking is the one that gets the grease.
According to The Tennessean, Vanderbilt administrators are now examining their policy regarding ex-jocks and the indoor facility. Currently, because the indoor facility is part of the school’s recreation center and was funded in part by non-athletic sources, all non-students have to pay a yearly membership fee ($480) or a daily fee ($10) to use it. If accompanied by a member of the football coaching staff or strength staff, ex-VU players could have used the facility for free.
Vanderbilt’s assistant vice chancellor of facilities and game operations Brock Williams — try to fit that on a business card — said the school was not even aware of the issue until now.
“This is almost a brand new building, and we are tweaking certain policies as we go. We have a brand new football staff — most of them are on the road. The strength coaches just got going at the end of last week. We had a perfect storm here where we had some disappointment at a point when we’re in transition.”
That perfect storm also included a hot-tempered ex-jock with a Twitter feed. And coincidence or not, Vanderbilt lost receiver prospect Kameron Uter yesterday, a day after Rodgers’ online rant. Uter committed to Wake Forest and became the 11th former James Franklin commitment to back out on the Commodores.