The Commodores were initially penalized with the loss of a timeout for having "Anchor Down" on their jerseys' nameplates. NCAA rules prohibit all schools other than the military academies from having anything other than player names on the nameplates.
Vanderbilt had received an email from the NCAA approving the jerseys, though, and showed a copy of the message to the referee:
The referee then reversed his decision and gave Vanderbilt its timeout back:
The SEC, though, released a statement Friday saying that the slogan had not been approved, only the "colors and overall design."
SEC statement saying Vandy was actually not permitted to wear their jerseys last night: pic.twitter.com/VjKAWtYSdH— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) August 29, 2014
Vanderbilt lost the game 37-7.
Earlier this month, USF sought NCAA approval for jerseys with "THE TEAM" printed on the nameplate, but the school was told they were illegal.
- Dan Gartland