LSU will wear something other than white jerseys at home against a Southeastern Conference team for the first time in nearly 20 years.
South Carolina will wear white tops in the relocated game against the No. 7 Tigers (4-0, 2-0) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, forcing LSU to wear purple jerseys. The Gamecocks (2-3, 0-3) were planning on wearing white tops for the game at Williams-Brice Stadium – a decision they made known to LSU in the summer. The game was moved to Baton Rouge because of the South Carolina flooding.
The Tigers haven’t worn a jersey other than white at home in an SEC game since wearing gold tops against Vanderbilt in 1996. The Commodores coach Rod Dowhower denied LSU from wearing its traditional home whites during that game. Dowhower and Gerry DiNardo, then the LSU coach, did not shake hands after that game.
LSU won that game 35-0.
Shortly after DiNardo became coach in 1995, he went to the NCAA football rules committee and got the body to amend the rule requiring home teams to wear dark jerseys. The amendment states that the home team must get permission from the visiting team to allow them to wear white jerseys.
The Tigers last wore something other than white for an SEC game at Mississippi State in 2009 – a 30-26 Tigers victory.
In 1998, Steve Spurrier’s Florida team wore white at home, forcing LSU to wear gold jerseys. LSU lost 22-10. Spurrier is now the coach of South Carolina.
Since 1977, LSU is 20-22-2 in purple in Tiger Stadium. All such games took place from 1982-94.