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Vanderbilt Uniforms Cause Confusion vs. Temple with 'Anchor Down' on Nameplate

Aug 28, 2014; Nashville, TN, USA; General view of the back of the jersey worn by Vanderbilt Commodores linebacker Darreon Herring (35) during the first half against the Temple Owls at Vanderbilt Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 29, 2014

Updates from Friday, Aug. 29

FOX Sports' Stewart Mandel has an update on the legality of Vanderbilt's uniforms:


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Vanderbilt's unique football jerseys caused quite the stir Thursday night.

As part of the jersey, Vandy opted to forgo having player names on the back and instead used the slogan "Anchor Down." The game referees believed this to be illegal and initially ruled that the team would lose a timeout for every quarter the offending jersey was worn.

CBS Sports' Eye on College Football captured a snapshot of the supposed problem:

However, officials from Vanderbilt provided a valid email from the NCAA that ruled the uniforms had been pre-approved, thus dodging any punishment, via SportsCenter:

The NCAA has general rules in place regarding the changing of the back nameplate on uniforms, per The Associated Press, via

NCAA rules say a jersey may only contain a player's name, the school name, the NCAA logo, sleeve stripes, an American flag, a state flag or a logo for a school, conference, mascot, postseason game, memorial or the military.

It was certainly one of the more surreal moments you'll see this college football season:

If anything can be taken away from this, it's that you always want to save your important emails. One wrong click, and the Commodores could've lost the only proof that exonerated them.

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