Penn State has been in the news quite a bit lately, just in case you've been living under a rock. The NCAA decided to level the program with several hefty sanctions, which will likely set Penn State back for several years.
The Nittany Lions football program has been considered a national powerhouse for as long as I can remember. They have won two national titles and produced 39 All-Americans and a Heisman Trophy winner. When you think of college football, they're one of the first teams that come to mind.
However, the recent Jerry Sandusky scandal that shook the college football world has really changed our views of this once-prestigious program. We no longer see the national championships, over 600 all-time victories and a program that does things the right way.
Instead, we will forever remember the heinous crimes that took place on campus and the people that tried their best to hide them from the outside world.
That is why current head coach Bill O'Brien is planning on changing up the uniforms. Via Rich Scarcella of NittanyExtra.com:
O’Brien also told the parents that he has talked to Nike about changing Penn State’s plain blue and white uniforms, a staple of the program for decades under former coach Joe Paterno. He also said he’s looking to put names on the back of the jerseys.
Of course, some are not going to be on board with the possible switch, as college football is based on tradition, and that is one thing you certainly don't mess with. But after everything that has taken place over the last year, what tradition does this Penn State program have left?
There will always be that black eye: Legendary head coach Joe Paterno is no longer around, his record of all-time wins has been taken away from him, his name has been removed from several different places, and his statue has been removed and hidden somewhere in an undisclosed location.
"It might be easier said than done (for this season)," O'Brien also said, via NittanyExtra.com. "I’m not sure we can get it done this year."
This needs to happen as soon as possible. Keep the traditional colors of navy blue and white, of course, but a change must be made. Even the slightest little change, such as putting names on the back of the jersey, could go a long way.
Penn State has lost everything that it has ever known due to these horrifying events that took place over the course of 15 years. It is time to put that chapter behind the program completely, and a uniform change will continue the healing process of moving forward.