Vanderbilt to wear retro ‘Vandy’ helmets against LSU

The Commodores have not worn a helmet with the script “Vandy” decal since 1983.


Vanderbilt football will wear new “Vandy” helmets on Saturday against LSU. (Twitter/Alan George)

Simon Gibbs, Sports Editor

Vanderbilt football will debut new helmets in Saturday’s home opener against 20th-ranked LSU, the team announced on Twitter Thursday.


The helmets pay homage to an old helmet design that had “Vandy” printed in script. The Commodores have not worn a helmet with the scripture since it was a regular uniform component from 1979-1983. This season, they will wear the new design for three games, according to Vanderbilt’s associate athletic director for communications Alan George.

Whit Taylor sporting the “Vandy” helmet back in 1982. (The Times Gazette/Micky Pietkiewicz)

The new design, a black lid with a chrome gold facemask, appears to be a more modern take on the vintage helmet. The script “Vandy” is black with a gold border, and the back of the helmet features a black and gold illustration of the Nashville skyline.

Vanderbilt will complement the helmets with its regular black jerseys, fit with gold numbers and grey sleeves, and black pants, with a dark gray chainlink design going down the leg.

The Commodores (0-1) will host the 20th-ranked LSU Tigers (0-1) on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. CDT.