Report has Penn State's O'Brien saying the school might change its uniforms as soon as this season
There is perhaps only one thing more iconic about Penn State football than Joe Paterno.
They are blue and white, austere and arguably the most identifiable in the sport.
But after the recent conviction of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky on sexual assault charges and the severe NCAA sanctions that followed this month, those uniforms mean something different than they have for so many years. And that's why they may be changing.
The Reading (Pa.) Eagle reported that new Penn State coach Bill O'Brien told parents of his players he has reached out to Nike about altering the uniforms as soon as this season. "It might be easier said than done," the newspaper quoted the coach as saying. "I'm not sure we can get it done this year."
The Eagle reported O'Brien told parents the updated version may even have names on the back, something Paterno never went for even though nearly every other team in the nation does it.
Some may argue any change would be purely cosmetic, or even a diversion from the true problems the university is facing. But it could just as easily be argued that the best way to send a message of change is by putting a new "face" on the most visible aspect of the football team.
"By changing that uniform it gives them a chance to chart a new course," says Paul Swangard, managing director of the Warsaw Sports Marketing Center at the University of Oregon. "It actually makes a lot of sense. It's one of the most visible ways the university communicates its identity."
Report has Penn State's O'Brien saying the school might change its uniforms as soon as this season - Yahoo! Sports
Changing the uniforms would be a mistake. The whole school needs to get back some sense of normalcy, and the last thing ANYBODY needs is another Oregon & their multiple layers of puke.
Only a few old-school uniforms left, let's keep them.
The team is going to be horrible. The coach is trying to distract from that. Anything to change the storyline. Plus, players like having their names on the jersey.
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