Rutgers athletic director Patrick Hobbs was captured on camera pounding a beer at a student-sponsored tailgate. Hobbs has since apologized, but Rutgers decided to cancel all future student tailgates as a result of his misstep.
However, Hobbs is hoping to find a way to bring the student-sponsored tailgate parties at “The Alley” back.
According to Hobbs, he simply decided to enjoy an adult beverage in front of the students in order to diffuse what was a rowdy environment. Hobbs detailed his plans to work on a resolution that would once again allow the tailgates in an open letter to students this week.
Whether his plan works remains to be seen.
Rutgers returns to action this weekend against Iowa on Saturday as they look to advance to 3-1 on the season.
You can read Hobbs’ full letter to Rutgers students below:
“The Alley came about as a result of many conversations with student leaders and your desire to have a designated tailgate area where you could come early to the Busch Campus and be with your fellow students,” Hobbs wrote.
“Its popularity exceeded everyone’s expectations. Yesterday, due to concerns about our ability to ensure student safety, we made the decision that The Alley could not continue to be used as an area for student tailgating. There are concerns with the capacity of the space, the availability of services, and alcohol consumption. It’s our duty to ensure a safe and fun environment for you, and I know you understand that.
“After meeting this morning, Athletics, Student Affairs, and Public Safety have agreed to work together to see if we can find a way to make modifications to The Alley or find an alternative site which will address the concerns. We will, of course, work with student leadership to see how this might be accomplished.”