Penn State's jerseys to include names of players
Players' names are being added to Penn State's jerseys for the coming season, university officials announced, along with blue ribbons to show support for victims of child abuse.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Players' names are being added to Penn State's jerseys for the coming season, university officials announced Tuesday, along with blue ribbons to show support for victims of child abuse.
The team's generic look — with no names on jerseys — has long been a trademark and was associated with former coach Joe Paterno, who was fired in November after ex-assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested on child-molestation charges. Paterno, 85, died in January. Bill O'Brien coaches the team.
School officials said adding the names was a way to recognize the "resolve and dedication" of the players, as the Nittany Lions face a four-year bowl ban and loss of scholarships under the penalties handed down by the NCAA last month over the school's handling of the Sandusky scandal. Sandusky, 68, awaits sentencing on 45 criminal counts.
Nine ex-Penn State players and coaches — including Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson — are appealing the sanctions against the school. They contend the NCAA failed to follow its own bylaws and enforcement policies in determining Penn State's penalties.