In the wake of former quarterback Jordan Rodger’s Twitter rant, Vanderbilt administrators are considering a re-evaluation of the school’s policy regarding alumni access to the indoor practice facility.
Although the tweets were deleted soon after being posted, Inside Vandy captured them if you’re interested in taking a look. Basically, Rodgers was displeased with being asked to pay a membership fee in order to use the new indoor facility. Speaking with The Tennessean on Wednesday, however, Rodgers made it clear his rant was about principles:
It was never a case of the money. It was a case of whether the school wants us to come back and help their players. And I know they do.
You could use somebody else’s (student ID) card. You could knock on a door and hope someone opens it. But we want to be in an environment where we can walk into to the rec center. What we suggested was a list of pro-day guys and alumni that have a small window of access. The response was that if we weren’t enrolled in classes, we had to pay for a membership.
As The Tennessean points out, membership costs $480 annually or $10 for a single-day pass.
Rod Williamson, the Vanderbilt athletics director of media relations, said the policy is worth re-examining:
We want to help these former student-athletes reach their dreams, and we are now aware of this are exploring ways to … make this thing work for all former student-athletes — and yet in keeping with the idea that memberships or individual trip fees could be possible. We want the Jay Cutlers and Jordan Rodgers and David Prices to come back.
[Source: The Tennessean]