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First, Penn State made the decision to make slight alterations to the current uniforms. For the first time in history, names of the players will be featured on the back of the jerseys. Now, another change is being made in light of the recent events at Penn State.
The school will discontinue its use of "Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond, namely because of the lyrics in the song. Sounds kind of odd to nix a Neil song for lyrical content, but considering the sensitivity surrounding PSU, there is one lyric that could potentially ruffle feathers, and the university isn't taking any chance.
The school is discontinuing its tradition of singing "Sweet Caroline" during games due to concerns raised by school officials in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, according to The Altoona Mirror. In particular, the school was worried that the "touching me, touching you" lyrics of the song would be pereceived as inappropriate in the wake of PSU's child sex abuse scandal.
Smart move in my opinion. It seems small, but I'm picturing that moment on Saturday when everyone at Beaver Stadium looks at each other uncomfortably after singing that lyric at the top of their lungs…
The Altoona Mirror article highlights a number of other gameday changes the university has made in a piece called "Tweaking the Tradition". Worth a read.
The Nittany Lions kick off their 2012 season Saturday at 12:00 pm against Ohio.
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