Trying to Forget: Penn State to Change Uniforms After Scandal
It appears that yet another major change will befall the football team of Penn State University in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child s*x scandal—new Head Coach Bill O’Brien has announced the Nittany Lions will have new uniforms to mark their “new era.” The team is searching for ways to move on since the s*x scandal rocked the foundation of the school and ruined its previously stellar reputation.
Penn State has already incurred penalties that, among other things, ban it from the postseason and eliminate former head coach Joe Paterno’s celebrated record from the books; and has removed Paterno’s iconic statue from the stadium grounds. Now that Paterno is no longer listed as the winningest coach in college football history, the record belongs to a black coach, Eddie Robinson from Grambling.
Back in the Spring, O’Brien told AOL’s Sporting News he wasn’t “touching the uniform,” explaining that “when you turn on the television and you see Penn State, everybody in the world knows that it’s Penn State because of the uniform. That’s the type of person I am; how important the team is to me. White helmet, blue jerseys, no name on the back of the jersey.”
It appears that O’Brien has had a change of heart. Or, maybe the financial pressure on the university has them seeking for any way possible to turn things around for their struggling school.
But with all the things that have happened since, O’Brien seems to have changed his tune. Speaking with reporters at the Big Ten conference Friday, he said he wants to completely separate current Penn State players from the many terrible headlines the scandal has attached to the team. “We’ve got a group of young men there, like I said, that are sticking together. And there’s changes that have taken place at Penn State over the last six months that are reflected already.”
“This is a new era of Penn State football,” he declared.
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