Cro vs. The Volcano?

Penn State is not prepared to blow off its trip to Dublin for the season-opener just yet. The school issued a statement on what it called "the situation."

Penn State fans should not blow their tops over an Icelandic volcano possibly erupting and threatening the Nittany Lions' 2014 opener vs. UCF in Dublin.

That appeared to be the message the university was sending with a short press release issued Saturday afternoon. Penn State is slated to fly to from Harrisburg, Pa., to Dublin overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday. The game, billed as the Croke Park Classic, is slated for next Saturday at the historic stadium.

As of Saturday afternoon, all systems remained go.

The PSU release read as follow:

Over the past several days we have been talking with officials from UCF, the GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) and United Airlines, our charter provider. We continue to monitor the situation and maintain regular communication with all appropriate parties.

The safety and welfare of our student-athletes, staff and fans will be at the forefront throughout our discussions. At this time, we are continuing our preparations for the game and for the team to depart Tuesday evening for Dublin.

Sources say the statement was fashioned after Penn State officials held an in-house meeting on the matter earlier Saturday afternoon.

Note that nowhere in the statement is the word “volcano” actually used. But Nittany Lion fans on online forums and social media began to express serious concerns over the fate of the opener when it was reported that scientists had detected a small eruption of the volcano Bardarbunga Saturday morning.

Later in the day, however, other reports suggested there had been no evidence of an eruption of any size.

An eruption of the volcano in 2011 caused an estimated 10,000 European flights to be canceled.

Earlier this week, aadministrators for PSU coach James Franklin’s staff said the program was taking its cue from United Airlines while dealing with the threat of a volcano erruption.


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