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Penn State unis will display support ribbons, names on jerseys

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At the suggestion of Penn State coach Bill O’Brien, Penn State’s uniforms will undergo slight changes for the 2012 season.

The new unis will feature a blue ribbon in support of victims of child abuse, though the release doesn’t say exactly where (I would assume somewhere on the helmet). Also, the jerseys will have names on the back recognizing those who stayed with the program.

“I’m proud that our players want to be part of the University’s efforts to help victims of child abuse,” O’Brien said in a prepared statement. “We hope our fans join us in wearing blue ribbons to all Penn State home games. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of children everywhere.

“We want our fans to know and recognize these young men. They have stuck together during tough times, and I commend them for the leadership they have shown. Moving forward, I’m deeply committed to honoring Penn State’s traditions, while building a bright future for our football program.”

Some readers didn’t agree with any potential changes, but I think the ribbon is a good move.

The Nittany Lions open the season against Ohio.

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  1. spreadthecheese says: Aug 7, 2012 4:47 PM

    Maybe Penn State can start using pride stickers, too, in the shape of a lawyer to unite their fan base in their lawsuit against the NCAA. Because, you know, suing the NCAA really shows Penn State has learned their lesson about not putting football first.

  2. mgmac says: Aug 7, 2012 4:48 PM

    with the blind support most psu fans have, I’m surprised they don’t have paterno’s and sandusky’s initials on the jerseys

  3. dannythebisforbeast says: Aug 7, 2012 5:00 PM

    There are like 110 other teams Ben. spread the wealth

  4. dannythebisforbeast says: Aug 7, 2012 5:01 PM

    Dumb and dumber ^^^

  5. omniusprime says: Aug 7, 2012 5:02 PM

    What a useless article. Who cares what Pedophile State puts on their uniforms, Pedophile State shouldn’t be playing football for years. The players can put silhouettes of Paterno and Sandusky (offense – defense) on their helmets for good plays or whatever. Nothing put on their helmets will ever make up for the heinous abuse crimes against children that Sandusky, Paterno and others allowed at Pedophile State.

    NCAA Give Pedophile State the Death Penalty!

  6. spreadthecheese says: Aug 7, 2012 5:04 PM


    There are indeed a lot of other teams out there, but none of them managed to pull off the misdeeds of Penn State. If you’re a Penn State fan…it’s best to not read sports news for, say, the next decade or so.

  7. coolhorn says: Aug 7, 2012 5:07 PM

    Penn State has come in for unrivaled criticism, and well-earned. However, sporting the ribbons on their unis this season doesn’t deserve criticism. It’s a classy move, as far as I’m concerned. Names on the jersey backs? I get why they’re doing it, but don’t see the need to break with tradition…unless the coaches have no idea from game to game who’s suiting up for the team.

  8. woebegong says: Aug 7, 2012 5:14 PM

    If PSU keeps getting hit by the attrition they have in the last few weeks, it is going to be a short order for the jersey maker.

  9. geo1113 says: Aug 7, 2012 5:14 PM


    The tradition was part of the culture set a tone whereby four men enabled a pedophile. In my mind, it makes sense to break from that tradition.

  10. ballsohardu says: Aug 7, 2012 5:16 PM

    PSU. Always will remember happy valley as a place of child molestation. Sickk

  11. dadsource says: Aug 7, 2012 5:32 PM

    Jeez, first the fall of Paterno, tearing down the statue, the trials, the criticism, the shame, the humiliation, the comments… NAMES on the back of the UNI’s?????? That’s it! I like the ribbon, classy touch, but names on the classiest TEAM uniform in sports? Ahhh, just pile it on, my college and program are ruined anyway. What more can be done to us? Tar and feather away. But I sure as hell didn’t do any of this, neither have the over 600,000 alumni from PSU……….It’s like getting put in prison for a crime you didn’t commit, then getting raped daily and labeled a sicko…..what have I done to deserve this! Cancel my alumni membership, the only bowl I want tickets for is the Zak Brown Band in the Citrus Bowl….

  12. blastfurnaceknows says: Aug 7, 2012 5:33 PM

    I hadn’t realized that so MANY PSU backers were opposed to any change in the unis until I read Ben’s link to the earlier article and its comment section.

    Nothing surprises me about that crowd anymore. “Oh no, don’t change our football culture, we are ADDICTED to it and are lives REVOLVE around it.” Some of them even threatened an unprecedented backlash! If it weren’t for the context, the whole debate would be hilarious.

    My opinion – any change, even this, is good, and PSU backers should be supporting every move O’Brien makes for the next several years, because they are flat out lucky to have him.

  13. coolhorn says: Aug 7, 2012 5:54 PM

    I have zero interest in what unis the Penn State football team wears this fall. I do kinda favor the traditional unis of some teams…that’s why, as a Longhorn fan, I’d be one of many to raise the roof if anybody ever tried to put the Horns in one of the Arena League outfits teams these days like. I don’t think putting names on the Penn State jerseys, or leaving them off, is gonna hark back to the Sandusky crimes, but if a majority of the fans want the unis left plain, then it seems to me they should be.

  14. houndofthebaskervols says: Aug 7, 2012 5:58 PM

    Support ribbons? lmao

  15. normtide says: Aug 7, 2012 6:19 PM

    Penn State has the right coach to get through this, that I am sure of. Everyone else just needs to shut up and let this man do his job.

  16. charlescub80 says: Aug 7, 2012 6:22 PM

    @ dad source
    You poor victim! Can we refer you some counseling?. Wait… You weren’t raped… You are just a scumbag! No help for the stupid.

  17. ebrownwareagle says: Aug 7, 2012 6:32 PM

    Hence the name Happy Valley. Enough Said. Just sick.

  18. mancave001 says: Aug 7, 2012 6:33 PM

    “Maybe Penn State can start using pride stickers, too, in the shape of a lawyer to unite their fan base in their lawsuit against the NCAA. Because, you know, suing the NCAA really shows Penn State has learned their lesson about not putting football first.”

    So sick, again, of the hypocrisy the above post shows.

  19. psunick says: Aug 7, 2012 6:34 PM



    That is the first time in over 50 years that I have seen the words “Joe Paterno” and “offense” in the same sentence!


  20. dietrich43 says: Aug 7, 2012 7:04 PM

    I’m surprised they didn’t change colors to distance themselves. They should do everything they can to distance themselves from the past and move on.

  21. yourteamstinks says: Aug 7, 2012 8:14 PM

    I will surely rooting for PSU to have a great season – just to see people be extra mad. I hope they run through the Big 10 like Bolt in the 100 meter. :)

  22. loadofwash says: Aug 7, 2012 8:30 PM

    PSU rocks! Too bad for all the haters. We Are Awesome Baby!

  23. 1rockyracoon says: Aug 7, 2012 9:06 PM

    I was not surprised about this change. Not having names on the jerseys was part of Paterno’s “clean” program. Now that the truth is coming out, they need to erase everything associated with those disgusting humans. Those board members and former players who are suing the NCAA are showing why Penn State should have received the death penalty. To many cult members of Paterno still don’t accept the fact that he covered for a pedophile.

  24. loadofwash says: Aug 7, 2012 9:59 PM

    Ha ha haters, the program did not break any NCAA rules and the law will prevail. Mob mentalities will get you know where. How’s it feel to still be a wannabe?

  25. kozbee says: Aug 7, 2012 10:02 PM

    With all these players jumping ship Penn st better come-up with a way to fill their roster with good players.Other Big Ten+ will have a field day beating up on them.

  26. loadofwash says: Aug 7, 2012 10:07 PM

    If recruits were the answer N.D. would be at least a little better than avg. ha ha haters.

  27. Deb says: Aug 7, 2012 10:21 PM

    Also, the jerseys will have names on the back recognizing those who stayed with the program.

    All schools put player names on the backs of their jerseys. What is Penn State doing with player names that will be different than any other program?

  28. normtide says: Aug 7, 2012 10:59 PM

    It seems some psu fans think your getting out if this unscathed. If on the off chance you win this suit, popular opinion will only grow stronger against you. You can’t recruit around it. And while talent alone does not win games, it sure helps. I say rally around your school, grind out these 4 years, and rebuild. Do it the right way and you will earn respect. Trying to use the courts to avoid sanctions will backfire, people will turn against you even more. I am neither a psu or a psu rival fan, so won’t affect me either way. I believe fear of hurting the football program instigated a cover up, and these sanctions ensure it wont happen again.

  29. zbilyeu7 says: Aug 7, 2012 11:01 PM

    Everything about the uniforms should be changed. I can’t believe I keep reading about tradition. Tradition of what? Rape? Keep your tradition nut jobs.

    – Former PSU fan that is disgusted with what happened to those kids

  30. highoctane11 says: Aug 7, 2012 11:27 PM

    PSU will put names on the back of their uniforms.

    Congratulations, Penn St. Welcome to 1988.

  31. tweeter75 says: Aug 7, 2012 11:42 PM

    As I’ve stated before….I have never been a PSU football fan, but my hat’s off to coach O’Brien and his players. They stayed united and took the high road for the most part during this ordeal. They have a long, long way to go in terms of the penalities, but no matter what their record this year, this group has a lot to be proud of.

    The selfish, arrogant, self-preservationist Paterno family could learn a lot from these guys.

    There is already a new football culture at PSU.

  32. dmvtransplant says: Aug 8, 2012 12:52 AM

    @ Deb

    “All schools put player names on the backs of their jerseys. What is Penn State doing with player names that will be different than any other program?”

    I guess you’ve never been to a serve academy game before?

  33. psunick says: Aug 8, 2012 1:10 AM


    Where have you been?? We’ve needed you around here.

  34. gfj7000 says: Aug 8, 2012 1:59 AM

    For the 20 of you who are ‘piling more trash and dung’ on this program – I believe most of comments above must STOP! The critics and their 4 letter gutter language & phrases has been going on for more than a month now. Let’s STOP the negative attacks, STOP the music, STOP the Pedophile State mockery ‘digs’. ENOUGH!
    How would you all like to be playing on a field for the university that has had ugly criticism, profanities, trash, dung, mud, other key players bailing, loss of scholarships, loss of 4 years of bowl games, paying millions in fines to an organization that has deep pockets and more?
    Put yourselves in the players’ shoes. Could you endure the hatred, suffering, & doom of the program, wear a uniform for a top program but feel judged & embarrassed when walking onto the field? I don’t think any of you who are lathering on the criticism could fill their shoes! Maybe some of you could qualify to be good waterboys.
    These young men have chosen to STAY, and should be rewarded for it. Ribbons and names aren’t much, but if Coach O’Brien had more pre-season time with Nike, then the whole uniform could use a face lift – they’ve been around for more than 40 years. (Look what NIKE did for Oregon-top ranked uni’s in the country) I’d rate PSU”s existing uni’s a little higher than the NEW Wisconsin uni’s-very ugly & will make Wisconsin players look like ‘Pillsbury Doughboys’ with letters, #s & a BIG FAT ‘W’ from the 50s & 60s.
    Give the players a lot of CREDIT! They deserve it -plus FAN LOYALTY! They didn’t deserve any of the NCAA sanctions (which are exorbitant) – I hope the university gets plenty of $ & relief of sanctions from the suit – but PSU players will all going to be out there soon – TO PLAY BALL! Let’s SUPPORT them and HONOR them!!

  35. mungman69 says: Aug 8, 2012 7:19 AM

    Yea, and let’s not forget those kids who were RAPED.

  36. dcroz says: Aug 8, 2012 7:57 AM

    @Deb: Southern Cal doesn’t have names on their jerseys.

    In any case, anything Penn State can do to signal that a new era has dawned and that they are putting the past behind them is good. They still have their trademark unis, just with names now, so it is hardly an unacceptable change.

    And incidentally, I remember this same argument being made about Alabama putting names on their jerseys back in the late ’80s. Many fans stated that all of the Tide’s national titles up to that point had been won while sporting nameless jerseys, so why risk going against tradition? Three more championships later, it seems like a rather silly stance in retrospect. You’ll get used to it, PSU fans.

  37. feva4theflava says: Aug 8, 2012 8:48 AM

    The only people who continue to make this a football issue are in the media and ignorant folks commenting here. Can anyone even name the victims who testified? They were disclosed you know. That’s what I thought.

  38. zbilyeu7 says: Aug 8, 2012 10:19 AM

    ^^^ I’m sorry was it the PSU trustees molesting small children? Oh no wait it was people in the FOOTBALL department. How is this not a football issue. You lost credibility in your post after the 1st sentence. Unfortunately for the players, the people running the program ruined it. Like it or not that definitely makes this a football issue

  39. gmen1987 says: Aug 8, 2012 11:15 AM

    Quit playing the victim, Penn State fans. Just be glad your football team didn’t get the death penalty. God knows you deserved it.

  40. thepancakebandit says: Aug 8, 2012 12:42 PM

    @ dadsource:
    “….Tar and feather away. But I sure as hell didn’t do any of this, neither have the over 600,000 alumni from PSU……….It’s like getting put in prison for a crime you didn’t commit, then getting raped daily and labeled a sicko…..what have I done to deserve this! Cancel my alumni membership, the only bowl I want tickets for is the Zak Brown Band in the Citrus Bowl….”

    Is the getting raped daily comment really the best example to use, considering the article’s subject…?

  41. normtide says: Aug 8, 2012 1:07 PM

    Sorry to tell you, but that is how sanctions always work. A booster paid albert means (only 2 people involved), and alabama was hit hard. Bush took money from an agent (again, only 2 people), and usc got hit hard. Both fan bases suffered from the actions of a few. There was cover up by a hand full of coaches and admins at psu, TO PROTECT THE FOOTBALL PROGRAM.

    I dislike how “haters” is overused these days. I dont hate psu, never have. Still dont. A message is sent, do not let the good of football out weigh the protection of children. I fully stand by that. Do you really think without the sanctions psu could move forward? Accept them, and doing the right thing is your only way to ever be able to recruit again.

  42. Deb says: Aug 8, 2012 2:33 PM

    @dmvtransplant and dcroz …

    Can’t remember the last time I watched a game featuring one of the military academies, but I frequently watch USC games and have never noticed their names aren’t on their jerseys. Guess that’s an example of how the mind’s eye sees what it expects to see.

    So I take it Penn State didn’t include player names on jerseys before but will with this team. Okay … now that makes sense. Thank you.

    All teams should put player names on their jerseys. They’re not just numbers; they’re people.

  43. loadofwash says: Aug 8, 2012 4:30 PM

    The issue was not a coverup for an ex coach you haters with a mob mentality. Anyone, anywhere could have done more. Creeps live everywhere you last expect, among us; look at the church, read your local papers. We won’t know more…FACTUALLY…until we have more of the …LEGAL and CRIMINAL…trials. Hey haters, check out your local Megan’s list. FYI, dopes, the ex pres of LSU (mark emmeret ….go figure) said the success of his university was “entirely dependent on the success of the football program”. Not the case with happy valley u dopes. Anyone see that 60 million dollar high school football stadium proposed just outside Dallas? Mob mentalities..what a joke. Learn to think for yourself.

  44. normtide says: Aug 8, 2012 4:40 PM

    First off, the crime is the wrist imaginable in my book. Pretty much, trading child molestation for status quo in the program. Your right, the punishment does not fit, nothing fits that crime.

    But, let me apologize for the entire country. We thought the story was about a pedophile and the powerful men who enabled him. No, it’s all about your saturdays being messed up. That is not selfish at all. Would you have offered up the children in your life for some wins? Actually you sound like joe and the admins: it’s just children, dont let it hurt your football.

    You would think the fact it happenend on your campus would make you rally for child protection, but that is not worth your saturday. Most psu fans know this was warranted. You sir really need someone in your life to keep you grounded. You need to get your mind right brother.

  45. thetooloftools says: Aug 8, 2012 6:18 PM

    I was in State College this weekend and they don’t get it. They really don’t. I saw The Student Book Store selling shirts referring to the NCAA as communists, and “We Are.. pissed off” shirts. They think NOTHING of the victims. Selling “Thanks Joe” t shirts? How about “Thanks For Nothing Joe” t shirts.
    I can’t wait till Curly and Shultz got to trial and just CRUSH Joe Paterno. All Joe Paterno had to do to tell his side of the story was walk out into his yard where the media was camped out for 3 months. This name on the uniforms is a joke. Like these guys mean more to the program then the ones that went before them. “HEY LOOK AT ME”. How stupid. You get in done on the field people will know who you are.. they will know your name. These clowns are just selfish glory hogs. Notice how most of the yapping players are ones with “legacy” family members.. Zordich.. ect.
    If Joe Paterno is as innocent at those Happy Valley Heads make him out to be… how come their is no mention of him on the uniforms? Yea.. right.

  46. normtide says: Aug 8, 2012 6:32 PM

    I says it before, o’brian will get his team thru this, for the long haul. Everyone else needs to stfu and let him do his job.

  47. dmvtransplant says: Aug 8, 2012 8:14 PM

    @ Deb

    I think if a school isn’t going to put a name on the back and a kid is good. The school should retire the number after the player leaves, which is something I’m sure Penn State probably doesn’t do. Texas does I’ve been to their stadium and it looks nice.

  48. gfj7000 says: Aug 8, 2012 11:30 PM

    My goodness – I wrote a few hours ago, and now I’m seeing more trash, and lots of misspelled words in your comments. Hope that most of you went to college and learned 8th grade spelling. Now amid the trash, mud, and dung being thrown around, why are a lot of you BASHING a matter as simple as putting names on the uniforms?? This is a petty matter, yet about 90% of the teams in the country do it, so why not PSU? Do you want to stay in the past whereby for 50 or 60 years NOTHING has been done to upgrade the uni’s. We’re in a NEW CENTURY now, so let’s upgrade accordingly…
    Additionally, we’re still talking about BLAME this one, or BLAME that one, and PSU and now the players deserve the penalties, etc. that’s pure HOGWASH! The players don’t deserve ANY of these sanctions!! They’re innocent boys just wanting to ‘PLAY THE GAME’! I, like the alumni, the Paterno family and many others would definitely sue to NCAA. To this day they (NCAA) have made no excuses concerning their OWN ERRORS in levying these MAJOR CATASTROPHIC SANCTION JUDGMENTS. THEY should be held accountable for NOT following their own policy of DOING THEIR OWN investigation and NOT depend upon the work of OTHERS (which was only a research report to be edited). That’s clear! Let the lawsuits flow.

  49. magnustroi says: Aug 9, 2012 2:34 AM

    WOW !!!!!!! I have read just a few of these post,And I am astonished at the Hatred being poured down On Not just the football Program ? But the individual athletes and Student body !!!! These Kids did nothing !!!!! Yet everyone slandering them personally for the Crimes of just a few in the schools Staff.
    I Do not feel abit sorry for the adults who took place in this scandal !!! But My God !!!!! Imagine if your child was enrolled at PSU ?
    We as Parents and God fearing people should Not Condemn Everyone who has ever Graduated or is a student at PSU !!! They are Innocent !!!!!! They raped NO ONE !!!! They hurt NO ONE !!!! But you condemn anyone who was ever or is associated with the school !!!! YOU ARE WRONG !!!! Leave the Kids alone and the student body !!!!
    They have done nothing to Hurt anyone !!!!!

  50. drarb says: Aug 9, 2012 2:31 PM

    thetooloftools – the Student Bookstore is not affiliated with PSU – it is a private entity. Not the shirt is appropriate – but this is America – free enterprise and all that.
    zbilyeu7 – learn to read – Sandusky was no longer part of the football program – the BoT gave him access to the campus, not the football program. It is tough life when you can’t read.
    To those who write Pedophile State or NAMBLA U – you are sicker than Sandusky – the university – the students, the faculty and alumni did nothing. If all it takes to get your rocks off is to write those statements then take a cold shower and call Jerry I am sure he will help you.

  51. Deb says: Aug 9, 2012 3:09 PM

    @dcroz …

    Nothing to do with Penn State’s decision here, but these days the larger issue with player names on jerseys revolves around marketing issues. I do believe all schools should have player names on jerseys–it doesn’t matter that people will learn your name if you excel. Even minor players deserve that name recognition. But it sucks that you can’t buy an official NCAA jersey with a player’s name on it.

    They’re raking in billions on the sport and its merchandising revenues but are terrified of having to share even a tiny percentage with the guys who play the game. Mark Ingram’s is the first Bama jersey I’ve ever owned. It rankles me that his name isn’t on the back and he’ll never see a dime from the sale.

  52. materialman80 says: Aug 14, 2012 2:50 PM

    I don’t think blue ribbons are going to fix everything at Pedophile State.

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