Vanderbilt’s ‘Anchor Down’ jerseys not allowed by NCAA

Nikko Villanueva – 4E Sports Contributor

Nashville, TN, United States (4E Sports) – Vanderbilt will never again be seen wearing their infamous “Anchor Down” jerseys which they wore in a 37-7 season-opener loss against Temple Thursday.

SEC communications director Chuck Dunlap stated the jerseys are not allowed by the NCAA.

Dunlap also added that Vanderbilt and the NCAA had a “miscommunication.”

He said that Vanderbilt misunderstood the permission given in the e-mail.

According to Dunlap, the permission only referred to the jersey’s base design and not the “Anchor Down” nameplate.

NCAA rules state that only military service academies may put slogans on the back of their jerseys.

The fiasco started Thursday in the second quarter when officials announced the Commodores were charged a time-out for sporting their “Anchor Down” jerseys.

But officials from Vanderbilt showed referee Ken Williamson a copy of the e-mail permitting the use of the jerseys.

The penalty was soon dropped and Williamson stated there were no longer issues, according to ESPN.

“Vanderbilt has been notified it cannot wear the slogan on its jersey for future games and has agreed to comply,” Dunlap stated.

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