Penn State adds ribbon, names to uniforms
Penn State announced it will alter its classic uniforms to support the victims of child abuse.
The Nittany Lions this season will wear a blue ribbon on their uniforms in recognition of that support and request that fans attending the games follow suit.
"I'm proud that our players want to be part of the university's efforts to help victims of child abuse," coach Bill O'Brien said in a statement released by the school. "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."
The program also announced that the names of the players for the first time will appear on the jersey "in recognition of their resolve and dedication to the team and the university."
In the aftermath of the NCAA sanctions resulting from the Jerry Sandusky
scandal, nine players have transferred, the latest being wide receiver
Justin Brown. Brown is the second offensive starter to leave, joining
running back Silas Redd, who transferred to Southern Cal.
O'Brien said the decision was made after a conversation with some players.
"We want our fans to know and recognize these young men," O'Brien said. "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."
Penn State opens the season Sept. 1 against Ohio University.