Mississippi State’s plans to unveil commemorative jerseys in its season opener against Southern Miss on Saturday were axed by the NCAA.
The uniforms were a tribute to the Bulldogs teams of the late 1990’s with the maroon jerseys emblazoned with “Hail State” across the chest.
MSU was informed two weeks ago that they would not be able to wear those jerseys due to an NCAA rule that states only the school name and nickname were permissible on the uniform.
The Bulldogs have made alternate arrangements with adidas and will wear the same commemorative theme but with the “Mississippi State” logo across the chest instead.
Vanderbilt experienced a similar situation in its opener against Temple. The Commodores had “Anchor Down” across the back nameplate of the jersey and were penalized with a loss of a timeout for every quarter they continued to wear them although the matter was quickly resolved and no timeouts were lost.
The SEC released a statement on Friday on the matter.
“A miscommunication resulted in Vanderbilt wearing jerseys during its football game Thursday night that are not permissible under the NCAA football uniform regulations. Before production of the jerseys, Vanderbilt sought approval of the jersey design from the NCAA, which included the words “Anchor Down” on the back panel. The NCAA responded with written approval of the design as presented and Vanderbilt proceeded with the jersey production, assuming the approval was applicable to the slogan as well as the colors and overall design in the submitted layout.
NCAA football regulations do not permit the use of slogans on jerseys. Vanderbilt was originally penalized for the jerseys during the game and after being shown the written correspondence, the head referee also interpreted the correspondence to mean the slogan had been approved. Vanderbilt has been notified it cannot wear the slogan on its jersey for future games and has agreed to comply.”