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Former Vanderbilt QB let loose on program

James Franklin, Jordan Rodgers AP

The month of January has been none too kind to Vanderbilt. Head coach James Franklin left to accept a job offer from Penn State and he took the bulk of his coaching staff with him as well as a few verbal commitments for the Class of 2014. The Commodores are struggling to put together a recruiting class for 2014, which is now the responsibility of new head coach Derek Mason, and the anxiety level of those supporting the program has reached levels perhaps never before seen. That includes former Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers, who took to Twitter to blow some steam on Tuesday.

“It’s a shame but Vanderbilt will continue to be a stepping stone for coaches, a second rate program in the SEC and stuck in mediocrity [because] of how the institution views athletics and treats their current and former players, “ Rodgers explained in the first of a lengthy strong of Twitter updates that have since been deleted.

“As a leader and starting [quarterback] during the emergence and transformation of Vanderbilt into a contending and respectable program in the SEC I am ashamed at the treatment of some former players,” Rodgers continued.

Rodgers took exception to having to pay to use football facilities at Vanderbilt when returning to train alongside Vanderbilt football players despite being an alum and a part of the program during a stretch of time that helped pave the way for facility upgrades.

“WE built that indoor [football facility] by winning like no team in the history of VU,” Rodgers said. “Now I have to pay to use it?! Pay to help mentor and train with current players and alum trying to stick with a team in the NFL. WE built this program not some chancellor. This is an embarrassment and only a reflection of the future of this program if it continues to put football and the success and treatment of its pliers as an after thought.”

Rodgers reassured his followers he still has love for his former school and that he was merely expressing some concerns about how he feels alums of the football program have been treated and received. You can read the full Twitter stream of consciousness from Rodgers via Lost Lettermen.

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10 Responses to “Former Vanderbilt QB let loose on program”
  1. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 29, 2014 11:06 AM

    He’s got several salient points…

  2. lbijake says: Jan 29, 2014 12:01 PM

    Wonder if they make him pay when he goes to the library also?

  3. beavertonsteve says: Jan 29, 2014 12:55 PM

    They let Aaron use it the facilities free and he didn’t even attend Vanderbilt.

  4. mogogo1 says: Jan 29, 2014 1:45 PM

    Making former players pay to use the facilities seems like a really cheap move by Vandy. Bad move there.

    But as for them being a stepping stone, I don’t see how that really changes anytime soon even coming off two straight 9-4 seasons. They’ve had 7 winning seasons since 1960. And their stadium holds 40K…not just the smallest in the SEC but 15K smaller than the next smallest.

  5. patbocam says: Jan 29, 2014 3:34 PM

    Thanks for GPA boost Vandy!

    Signed, The rest of the SEC

  6. mvktr2 says: Jan 29, 2014 4:25 PM

    Do all alums get to use the training facilities? Do biology grads get to drop into the science dept. and use the facilities for free? Should athletes be treated differently from other students? Does anyone believe the ncaa when they call a multi-billion dollar endeavor, college football, an amateur sport?

    I’ve got NO PROBLEM with athletes coming back to use facilities for free. VU is a private institution and is free to set it’s own rules, free – expensive I don’t care. However if we’re maintaining ncaa standards they should be treated the same as any other grad and then this makes sense. If we’re accepting the truth, which clearly we aren’t since revenue generating athletes aren’t paid, then it’s the least VU can do for it’s former ‘volunteer labor’.

  7. dcroz says: Jan 29, 2014 6:02 PM

    Why is he so surprised? Does he not remember when then-President Gordon Gee abolished the athletic department entirely and put sports under the Department of Student Life? Vandy has never been big on sports, especially as the only private university in a conference with thirteen public universities. It’s why I’ve asserted for a long time now that the SEC and ACC would be better served if Vanderbilt and either Clemson or North Carolina/North Carolina State switched places.

  8. gatorcheme says: Jan 29, 2014 8:21 PM

    Jordan is just being a drama queen. More power to him–it’s his right. Just the same, I don’t see any reason that Vandy’s athletic department should acquiesce to the inferred demands made by Jordan.

    It’s a shame though. At most, all Jordan may have accomplished is to hurt recruiting at a place, which he claims to still love, that can ill afford any further blows to it’s program. I’m not sure how much clout Jordan carries, so that maybe an overstatement.

  9. mattacc31 says: Jan 29, 2014 11:57 PM

    Most schools welcome back former football and basketball players to train at their facilities and workout with the team. Usually a positive for both the current players as well as recruits. It’s really been big for Miami. He really should not have to pay

  10. dhardy8207 says: Jan 30, 2014 9:57 AM

    If older players are coming back to mentor younger players then they are volunteering their time to help strengthen the current players. Thats a service to the university and he should not have to pay to utilize the facilities.

    Vandy needs to choose, either support athletics or cut it…I would hate to see that happen but to not respect former players functioning in a mentor position is absurd….

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