LSU will wear purple jerseys Saturday against South Carolina.
The game was relocated from Columbia, S.C. to Baton Rouge as a result of the flooding that has devastated that state this week. South Carolina will be the home team as a result and got first selection in uniform colors.
“It’s their home game," said LSU coach Les Miles. "They can wear any color they want, and I’m for them. We're fortunate to have colors we really enjoy and we'll be proud to wear them.”
South Carolina did plan to wear all white had the game been played in Williams-Brice Stadium as originally scheduled, and will stick by that despite the change of venue.
This will be the first time since 1994 that the Tigers will wear purple in Tiger Stadium against an SEC opponent. LSU didn't wear white in 1996 against Vanderbilt, instead wearing gold.
LSU typically wears purple at home for non-conference home games that aren't the home opener. The white jerseys are a tradition that dates back to the 1950s. NCAA eventually prohibited teams from wearing white at home, until Gerry Dinardo petitioned for an exception when he took over the program in 1995.
Four times since then LSU has worn a colored jersey on the road, twice against current South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier. LSU wore gold against the Gators in 1998 and purple in 2000. The Tigers also wore purple twice against Mississippi State at 2007 and 2009.
Since 1977, LSU is 20-22-2 when wearing purple in Tiger Stadium against SEC teams. All of those games took place from 1972-94.
LSU wore purple against Eastern Michigan last week. It'll be the first time since 2009 that LSU wears purple in back-to-back games.
"We wore purple last week, and I enjoyed it," Miles said. "We’ll be in purple again this week, and we’ll enjoy that.”
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