South Carolina will wear black jerseys and black pants Saturday night against Tennessee, hopefully firing up a team that has lost three straight conference games, head coach Steve Spurrier said Wednesday.
“Maybe it’ll put a little inspiration in our guys, who knows,” he said. “We need to something to get us a little bit more motivated.”
South Carolina (4-4 overall, 2-4 SEC) last wore black jerseys against Auburn in 2011, having to switch to the jerseys when its Wounded Warrior print jerseys were disallowed by the officials during pregame warmups.
The Gamecocks, who traditionally wear garnet jerseys at home, also wore black jerseys against the Volunteers in 2008 during a 27-6 win.
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“Some of our players for the last couple of years have been wanting to wear black jerseys,” Spurrier said. “Our school colors are garnet and black so we will wear them. I think we do have some black pants so there’s a good chance we will wear something different this week.”
South Carolina has ordered the black jerseys from apparel provider Under Armour, Spurrier said. The Gamecocks, who are expected to wear their traditional white helmets, last wore the black jersey/black pants combination in a 24-14 loss to Florida in 2009.