Former Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers took to Twitter and was highly critical of the school and how he feels it keeps itself from being a more esteemed football program. In a series of tweets he later took down, Rodgers said he was “ashamed” of the treatment of former players, especially those who helped lift the program in recent years.
The focus of his frustration seemed to be aimed at the newly built athletic facilities. Rodgers and the recent Vanderbilt teams that have found success and had competitive records in the SEC, going to bowl helped raise the money that built these facilities. Now, as a former student, Rodgers has to pay to use the facilities like any former student would. Rodgers seemed to chalk this up to a lack of appreciation for what he and his Commodore teammates did for the school.
Later, Rodgers insisted that he loved Vanderbilt and would seek to find a solution in-house as opposed to on Twitter. The feeling was that Rodgers did not want to look like he hated his former school, was just blowing off some steam and did not want anything taken out of context.
There appears to be an opportunity for Derek Mason to ingratiate himself with the program, players, and fans by finding a way to broker a deal to get the players who won under his predecessor, James Franklin, to be able to use the facilities he and those players helped build. It is not Mason’s fight, but it seems like a spot where he could step in and get people on his side as well as make the school look better.