Updates from Friday, Aug. 29
FOX Sports' Stewart Mandel has an update on the legality of Vanderbilt's uniforms:
The SEC issued a clarification. Miscommunication regarding Vandy's uniforms last night. Slogans on the back are NOT allowed by NCAA.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) August 29, 2014
Vanderbilt's unique football jerseys caused quite the stir Thursday night.
As part of the jersey, Vandy opted to forgo having player names on the back and instead used the slogan "Anchor Down." The game referees believed this to be illegal and initially ruled that the team would lose a timeout for every quarter the offending jersey was worn.
CBS Sports' Eye on College Football captured a snapshot of the supposed problem:
However, officials from Vanderbilt provided a valid email from the NCAA that ruled the uniforms had been pre-approved, thus dodging any punishment, via SportsCenter:
Officials wanted to penalize Vanderbilt for wearing impermissible "Anchor Down" jerseys, but then didn't. Wait, what? http://t.co/epa3cyxBnC— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 29, 2014
The NCAA has general rules in place regarding the changing of the back nameplate on uniforms, per The Associated Press, via ESPN.com:
NCAA rules say a jersey may only contain a player's name, the school name, the NCAA logo, sleeve stripes, an American flag, a state flag or a logo for a school, conference, mascot, postseason game, memorial or the military.
It was certainly one of the more surreal moments you'll see this college football season:
If it comes down to an e-mail, I’m betting on Vanderbilt. After all, Al Gore was an alum.— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) August 29, 2014
My god. Vanderbilt reached into its “Sent Mail” file and got the penalty reversed. With an email. For real. This is the best.— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) August 29, 2014
After waiting roughly 17 hours to play, Vanderbilt is now being penalized timeouts for uniform malfunctions. Best sport on the planet.— Adam Kramer (@KegsnEggs) August 29, 2014
So Vanderbilt just showed an email to the officials that the jerseys were approved and will now keep their timeout. This is amazing.— Adam Kramer (@KegsnEggs) August 29, 2014
If anything can be taken away from this, it's that you always want to save your important emails. One wrong click, and the Commodores could've lost the only proof that exonerated them.