Do you remember from the movie version of the "Dukes of Hazzard" when Boss Hogg (Burt Reynolds) dressed in his trademark all white suit and white cowboy hat, walked into the jail to visit the Duke boys and another prisoner yelled, "You're not supposed to wear white after Labor Day!"?
Apparently, the NCAA agrees with that fashion statement when it comes to the home team choosing its jersey color.
In the NFL the home team gets to choose what uniform color to wear. Such as the Miami Dolphins do for home day games when the Dolphins wear white tops in order to help out with the Miami heat -- the weather, not the basketball team.
That's not how it works in the NCAA where the road team has to agree to what uniform color the home team chooses to wear. So in other words, in the NCAA the road team dictates what color jersey the home team wears. Makes no sense, but that's the NCAA's version of the uniform policy.
Where am I going with this? FIU wants to wear its white jerseys on Saturday for the 12 noon kickoff against Pittsburgh. The Pitt Panthers do not agree with that fashion statement because of the steam bath that will be a 12 noon kickoff at FIU Stadium on Saturday. So Pitt will be wearing white jerseys and FIU will don its blue jerseys with white pants.
Louisville has also denied FIU's request to wear white jerseys the following Saturday for a 3:30 p.m kickoff at FIU Stadium. The Cardinals will be wearing white tops while the Panthers will be in blue jerseys again. FIU probably won't be able to wear white jerseys until its first road game of the season at UAB on Sept. 27, a 3:30 p.m. kickoff from Birmingham, Ala.
This Saturday will be just the second ever 12 noon kickoff for an FIU home game in the program's 13-year history. The other noon kickoff took place in 2009 on Halloween when FIU defeated Louisiana 20-17 in overtime. Former FIU receiver Greg Ellingson (above in that Halloween game) caught a touchdown in the final minute to send the game into overtime. Ironically, FIU wore its all-white uniform that day because the Ragin' Cajuns did not object to it. I was still working for the Miami Herald at the time and it was a scorcher that day as it is expected to be this Saturday.
FIU played a 10 a.m. home game in 2003 against Holy Cross because NBC6 broadcasted the game at that time. The Panthers won 34-23. FIU lost an 11 a.m. home game in 2004 to Georgia Southern 53-32. FIU wore blue jerseys in both those games.
MCNEILL SUMMER COLLEGIATE ALL-AMERICAN
FIU first baseman/pitcher Gunnar McNeill was named a Summer Collegiate All-American by Perfect Game for his terrific summer for the Staunton Braves in the Valley League. McNeill hit .402 with 6 home runs and 50 RBI during the summer.
FIU catcher and McNeill's Staunton teammate J.C. Escarra was named the best prospect of the Valley League by Baseball America. McNeill was named the sixth best prospect by Baseball America. Escarra had no errors in 28 games and hit .283 with 3 home runs.
RUDY, RUDY, RUDY
Former FIU first baseman and current Arizona Diamondbacks minor leaguer Rudy Flores has homered in three straight minor league playoff games as his Visalia Rawhide (Diamondbacks Class A team) continue their postseason.
Flores has four home runs in those three playoff games. Flores is hitting .301 with 28 home runs and 100 RBI in just 132 games for the Rawhide.