South Carolina is leading an effort to collect items for Louisiana flood victims, the school announced Tuesday, paying back, in a way, LSU's assistance last fall.
Between Wednesday and Friday of this week, fans can bring items to the Gamecock football equipment truck, Williams-Brice Stadium and the Rice Athletics Center/Carolina Soccer Center. Fans attending the My Carolina Alumni Association Fall Sports Preview Party at the My Carolina Alumni Center on Thursday evening are encouraged to bring items to the event, too.
The equipment truck will head for Baton Rouge on Saturday to deliver the goods.
LSU’s football game scheduled at South Carolina last October was moved to Baton Rouge because of flooding in the Palmetto State. LSU running back Leonard Fournette auctioned off the jersey he wore in the Tigers’ win over the Gamecocks for $101,000, and fans at that game gave more than $40,000 to support disaster relief efforts in South Carolina.
LSU even displayed billboards around Baton Rouge welcoming then-coach Steve Spurrier's squad to the area. LSU beat the Gamecocks 45-24, and Spurrier retired days later.
“LSU was so gracious to assist us in our time of need,” South Carolina president Harris Pastides said in a statement. "Now it is our turn to help our SEC friends. I encourage all Gamecocks to drop off items needed for the Baton Rouge flood relief."