Published: Jul 27, 2010 9:15 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 28, 2010 4:30 AM EDT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — The nine Southern Conference football teams will wear a helmet decal supporting those affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The conference said on Tuesday that its teams would place a "GC" sticker on helmets to be displayed all season.

The league said more than 170 players in the Southern Conference are from states being affected by the oil spill.

Commissioner John Iamarino said Elon coach Pete Lembo brought him the idea. The NCAA's rules committee and supervisory officiating organization approved use of the decal.