Penn State Announces Unprecedented Changes to Football Uniforms
In an effort to "change the culture" as requested by NCAA President Mark Emmert in late-July, Penn State University announced on Tuesday that changes will be made to the football jerseys.
For the first time in it's history, player's names are being added to the football jerseys , along with a blue ribbon to show support to child abuse victims.
The changes will go into effect on September 1st in the home-opener against Ohio University.
Since the programs birth, the team has been famous for ignoring evolution choosing to dawn a blue-and-white look.
The uniform changes were a topic of conversation in Chicago last month at BIG 12 media day.
Nittany Lion Head Coach Bill O'Brien said that day to "wait until September 1 to see if any changes have been made to the program."
In a statement released today O'Brien said: “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. 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."
This announcement comes just days after a report stated that some members of the board of trustees will file an appeal with the NCAA claiming the University was not given due process in levying its sanctions.
Penn State faces a four-year bowl ban, fines, scholarship losses and the vacation of wins dating back to 1998 in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky Sexual Abuse Scandal.
Sandusky is awaiting sentencing in Centre County Correctional Facility.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.