Victims of the South Carolina flooding just got a big boost.
The game-worn jersey of LSU running back Leonard Fournette and two helmets signed by Steve Spurrier and Les Miles sold for $101,000 in an online auction that ended Monday morning.
The proceeds of the auction will go toward the flooding last month in South Carolina that displaced hundreds and killed at least 19 people. The high bidder’s user name on the auction website is “COACH.”
The auction began at 7 a.m. Saturday and quickly broke what is believed to be a record amount paid for a college-worn jersey. Notre Dame legend and NFL Hall of Famer Paul Hornung’s jersey had the record at $26,290.
Bids slowed down drastically after the first 12 hours. In fact, no one bid on the jersey and helmets for about 17 hours. From kickoff of the LSU-Alabama game at 7 p.m. Saturday until at about noon Sunday, the high bid sat at $35,050. Fournette, a heavy favorite for the Heisman Trophy entering the game, struggled to a season-low 31 yards in a 30-16 loss to the Crimson Tide.
Bidding increased significantly within the final few minutes of the auction. The high bid was at about $45,000 about six minutes before the auction was scheduled to end at 11 a.m. The auction continued to extend as bids continued.
Fournette jersey timeline: 7 p.m. Saturday: $35K Noon Sunday: $35K 10:30 a.m. Monday: $42K 10:53 a.m. Monday: $45K 11:11 a.m. Monday: $101K
— Ross Dellenger (@DellengerAdv) November 9, 2015
LSU’s announcement of the auction last Tuesday put 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 game-worn 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.
The Fournette jersey was auctioned as is, complete with his “Fournette” nameplate on the back of the uniform and a Fournette signature on the jersey. Miles signed an LSU helmet worn in the game against South Carolina, relocated from Columbia, South Carolina, to Baton Rouge because of the flooding. Spurrier signed a SC helmet worn in the game, which happened to be his last as coach.
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