Vanderbilt quarterback Stephen Rivers has been released from his scholarship and is free to pursue his final season of eligibility at another school. Rivers, brother of San Diego Chargers star Phillip, began his collegiate career at LSU before transferring to the Commodores a season ago. Now, after a disappointing season, he will attempt to salvage a once promising career at a different institution. Because he only has one year of eligibility remaining, Rivers will be free to select any FBS program interested in taking him.
“I have been granted a release from Vanderbilt,” Rivers announced on Twitter. “I am very appreciative of the opportunity they gave me. Wish everyone there the best.”
“I am looking forward to playing and contributing to the success of another team and finishing my final year of eligibility,” Rivers also said on Twitter.
During the Commodores horrific 2014 season, Rivers appeared in just five games throwing for 334 yards and three interceptions. Vanderbilt finished the season 3-9 and went the entire year without winning an SEC game. The horrible campaign also included home losses to Temple (37-7) and Ole Miss (51-0) sparking talks of a complete makeover entering the 2015 season.
Rivers now will begin his search for yet another clean slate in an attempt to follow in his older brother’s footsteps. The question remains which school is willing to give Rivers an opportunity to guide their squad, and more importantly, which coach has the confidence to invest in Rivers at the quarterback position. Fans should expect Rivers to look at smaller FBS programs in hopes of being able to make an instant impact rather than gambling at a school he may never see the field at. Nonetheless, with spring ball quickly approaching, Rivers will likely make his decision in the coming weeks, and could change the direction of a program.