When flooding made it impossible to hold the game between USC and LSU at South Carolina as planned, the Tigers did everything in their power to make up for the Gamecock’s lack of home field advantage. They replaced the LSU flag with a USC flag, made tickets free to USC students, donated all proceeds from the game to the reeling state, and even taught their band the Carolina fight song. It was a class act all around that demonstrated the SEC is more like one big team made up of a bunch of smaller teams than it is a division.
The good will kept on rolling yesterday when the jersey Leonard Fournette wore during the game was sold during an online auction for a whopping $101,000 – every cent of which will go to flood relief efforts in South Carolina. Fournette originally announced the idea in his postgame interview.
The bidding spiked out of nowhere yesterday morning, too, which prompted LSU to extend the auction.
The bidding had reached $40,000 earlier Monday morning. As the auction approached the 11 a.m. cutoff the bidding picked up quickly, spiking above $70,000 around the deadline. Because bids were still coming in LSU extended the auction with each bid, ending at a final total of $101,000.
LSU athletics communication director Michael Bonnette said the winner was a wealthy LSU alumni who was “determined” to have the top bid, even if the bidding reached seven digits.
Thanks to Fournette, LSU, and the nameless hero who just dished out six figures to the people of Carolina..
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