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SEC makes statement on Vandy’s Anchor Down jerseys

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SEC makes statement on Vandy’s Anchor Down jerseys

Posted on 29 August 2014 by Allen


Last night a strange sequence events happened when Vanderbilt hosted Temple in Nashville.

First of all a downpour delayed the game for ann hour and a half. Then Vanderbilt didn’t bother to show up. But in the second quarter the ref made an announcement about Vanderbilt’s jerseys. Apparently they were not legal and the Dores would be penalized a timeout each quarter for using them.

Later in the second quarter Vandy AD David Williams produced an email that stated the jerseys were in face legal. Vandy got their timeouts back.

Today the SEC released a statement about the jerseys and there was some miscommunication between the school and the conference.

According to the SEC;

A miscommunication resulted in Vanderbilt wearing jerseys during its football game Thursday night that are not permissible under the NCAA football uniform regulations. Before production of the jerseys, Vanderbilt sought approval of the jersey design from the NCAA, which included the words “Anchor Down” on the back panel. The NCAA responded with written approval of the design as presented and Vanderbilt proceeded with the jersey production, assuming the approval was applicable to the slogan as well as the colors and overall design in the submitted layout.

NCAA football regulations do not permit the use of slogans on jerseys. Vanderbilt was originally penalized for the jerseys during the game and after being shown the written correspondence, the head referee also interpreted the correspondence to mean the slogan had been approved. Vanderbilt has been notified it cannot wear the slogan on its jersey for future games and has agreed to comply.

With the way Derek Mason’s team played those jerseys should be burned and never used again. Vanderbilt lost 37-7.

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