To honor the nine South Carolinians slain this summer in a senseless act of violence at a Charleston church, South Carolina announced Sunday it will wear this decal throughout the season:
From the official release:
The original logo was designed by artist Gil Shuler of Mount Pleasant. The version for the helmet is garnet and depicts the Palmetto tree shaped by nine flying doves to represent each of the victims - Cynthia Marie Graham Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lee Lance, Depayne Middleton-Doctor, Clementa C. Pinckney, Tywanza Sanders, Daniel Simmons, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, and Myra Thompson.
Here's South Carolina AD Ray Tanner on Steve Spurrier's involvement: “Coach Spurrier was very engaged in this process. Football coaches are usually focused on just getting ready for their season, and he very much is too, but he took the time to be engaged with what we were going to do. He is excited that we are going to do the helmet sticker.”
Well done, South Carolina. Well done.
In similar news from the "I'm sad this is even necessary" department, Virginia Tech's will honor the WDBJ shooting victims from last week (click link to see decal) will wearing these new orange lids against Ohio State next Monday.
Don't know about you, but I like it. Here's betting we'll see this again in the future - especially if the Hokies win.