student-athletes are clearly worth investing in because Vanderbilt is such
a rigorous academic environment and knowing what the athletes here have to
do, they have to be so focused they’re really coming here to get a great
education as well as a great athletic experience. Our hope is that this gift
will really elevate Vanderbilt to a premier basketball team and it goes
without saying excellence breeds excellence. They’re just such an impressive
group of young men and we noticed that when we were here in the spring,
just kind and polite. I do feel like we’ve been included as part of the
basketball family. Vanderbilt basketball, there’s going to be a before and after
and we hope that this gift will help elevate that a little bit. It clearly
won’t make the difference, it’s the difference of having the coaching staff,
the administration, the students everyone’s support behind it, but I
really do believe that this is going to be a turning point and people are gonna
look at it and say here’s the beginning of something great for a long long time.
I think it’s gonna be really really fun to watch.