With volcanic eruptions not appearing to cause much panic this week, Penn State is loading up an estimated 20,000 pounds of equipment to ship over to Ireland for this weekend’s season opener against defending AAC champion UCF. The game takes place on Saturday, and if a photo snapshot of some road jerseys is any indication it appears the Nittany Lions will once again be wearing names on the back of their jerseys in 2014.
If these jerseys are any indication, it looks like the names will be staying on the back of the jerseys this season. pic.twitter.com/aFBSpt2sAb
— Onward State (@OnwardState) August 26, 2014
Names were added to the back of Penn State football uniforms in 2012 under head coach Bill O’Brien. The decision to add names to the jerseys for the first time in program history was made after the NCAA levied sanctions on the program. In O’Brien’s mind, names on the back of the uniforms was a measure to honor those players who chose to stay at Penn State when given a free out by the NCAA. New head coach James Franklin has kept silent on his plans for the uniforms since being hired. Perhaps the decision to keep names on the jerseys is an extension on the philosophy used by O’Brien.
Or perhaps names on the back of the jerseys will now be the standard for Penn State moving forward.