We mean that literally.
As a way of showing support for the current Penn State football team after it was hit with NCAA sanctions last week, a large group of Nittany Lion fans are gathering outside the Holuba Hall practice facility early Tuesday morning.
They will cheer on the players -- none of whom had anything to do with the scandal that led to the sanctions -- as they head into the facility for their 7 a.m. workout.
The idea sprung from Penn State lettermen Keith Conlin and Tim Sweeney during their online talk show -- The Goon Show -- last Thursday night. They were discussing PSU football with Nittany Lion assistants Craig Fitzgerald and John Butler, and trying to figure out a way fans could show the current players how much they still care about them.
One thing led to another, and within hours the Rise & Rally event had gone viral.
You can check out the event's facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/events/122997631178174/
We feel that these players, who have been beaten down so often through no fault of their own the last eight or nine months, deserve to see that the Nittany Nation is behind them, Conlin said. They deserve a lot of credit for sticking together, and handling themselves with exceptional class and dignity even at the very worst times.
This small gesture is a way of expressing our appreciation to them, he added. And for Penn State fans, it is a chance to start cheering about something positive again. These kids are worth it.
Fans are encouraged to arrive by 6:30 a.m. The event will take place in the area between Lasch Building (where the players dress for workouts) and Holuba Hall (where the workouts will take place).
Several local businesses are providing coffee and donuts.
Directions from the Penn State parking office are included below.
University Police will close McKean Road at the Bigler Road intersection beginning at 5:15 a.m. No vehicular traffic will be permitted into lots that are accessed via this roadway in order to prevent vehicle pedestrian conflicts. The roadway will reopen once the crowd has dispersed. Again, this is to ensure safety.
Faculty and staff who plan to attend should park in their assigned parking lot or in the Eisenhower Parking Deck.
Students are directed to park in their regularly assigned parking lot.
Visitors are directed to park in the commuter lots (Lot 44, Stadium West or Porter North), which are all located near Beaver Stadium. Blue Loop bus service is available from the bus stop on Curtin Road and on Porter Road.
The Parking Office has authorized parking in the commuter lots until 9 a.m. without a parking permit.
Visitors may also choose to park in the East Parking Deck located north of the Berkey Creamery on Bigler Road. Please note, however, that there is a $1.00 per hour charge for this parking option.
Those choosing to walk to Holuba Hall from the commuter lots must cross University Drive at the Curtin Road intersection or the Hastings Road intersection. The Blue Loop will provide safe transportation across University Drive to Nittany Apartments, and from there only a short walk to Holuba Hall.