LSU and Alabama’s game won’t be the only thing rocking the internet Saturday.
The school’s online auction of the jersey worn by LSU running back Leonard Fournette against South Carolina begins at 7 a.m. Saturday at www.LSUauction.net, the school announced Tuesday. The jersey is accompanied by a South Carolina helmet signed by former SC coach Steve Spurrier and an LSU helmet signed by coach Les Miles.
Each helmet was worn during the Tigers’ 45-24 win over the Gamecocks on Oct.10 – a game moved from Columbia, South Carolina, to Baton Rouge because of flooding in South Carolina.
The starting bid for the package is $7,000. All proceeds will go to victims of the South Carolina flooding, one that killed at least 19 people.
The auction runs from 7 a.m. Saturday to 11 a.m. Monday. The Tigers (7-0, 4-0 Southeastern) and Crimson Tide (7-1, 4-1) meet at 7 p.m. Saturday in Tuscaloosa in a showdown between teams ranked in the top 4 of the first College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday.
LSU’s announcement of the auction Tuesday night puts an end to nearly a month of uncertainty surrounding the issue. In a prepared statement during a live ESPN interview immediately after the game against the Gamecocks, Fournette said he wanted to auction the jersey for SC flooding victims.
Afterward, Miles told Fournette he could not auction the jersey because of NCAA rules, the running back said. The NCAA, however, decided to allow the Heisman Trophy frontrunner to auction the jersey. LSU officials completed the necessary paperwork over the last few weeks.
“Having been through a similar situation with my family during Hurricane Katrina when I was 10 years old, this is something that I wanted to do to help those in need,” Fournette said in a statement from LSU. “The generosity of people helped my family make it through Hurricane Katrina. I’m hopeful that the money raised with this auction can make a difference for those flood victims in South Carolina.”
The Fournette jersey will be auctioned as is, complete with his “Fournette” nameplate on the back of the uniform. Fournette will sign the back of the jersey, the school’s statement says.
“What Leonard has done is a tremendous gesture from a student-athlete with a much bigger vision than outcomes of games,” LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said in the statement. “Leonard is a great teammate, a wonderful representative of LSU and we are proud to support him in this endeavor.”