Vanderbilt alum, former NBA player Will Perdue slams school with colorful reaction to $100 million academic initiative plans
Vanderbilt’s plan to initiate a $100 million “excellence plan” to bring in some 60 new faculty in the next two to four years has drawn the ire of an alumnus and former NBA player.
Will Perdue slammed the university with a tweet that acknowledged the academic plans are important, but added, “you’re telling every current and former athlete that YOU don’t care about US, the facilities are just fine, we’re not a priority, there’s no money. We are part of this University. Stop treating us like shit!!”
Perdue is most remembered at Vanderbilt for helping the program in 1988 to its first NCAA Tournament berth in 15 years and first Sweet 16 appearance in school history. He blossomed into a dominant player in his final two collegiate seasons, and averaged 17.4 and then 18.3 points per game and drawing honors and recognition on the regional and national stage, according to the school.
The 7-foot center went on to have the longest NBA career of any former Commodore and played alongside some of the game’s all-time greats including Michael Jordan and David Robinson. He has remained around the game, and moved into broadcasting with ESPN, and currently with NBC Sports Chicago on the Chicago Bulls pre- and post-game shows. He also is an NCAA analyst for Westwood One.
He won four titles during a 13-year NBA career.
Vanderbilt has launched Destination Vanderbilt, a $100 million excellence initiative to recruit new faculty.
Over the next 2-4 years, the university will leverage the investment to recruit 60 faculty who are leaders and rising stars in their fields. https://t.co/6jA79IB1T0
— Vanderbilt University (@VanderbiltU) September 23, 2020