Penn State Removes Names From Jerseys

The Nittany Lions’ classic uniforms are back to the look they had before NCAA sanctions hit.

Penn State is back to being a no-name team.

Prior to Saturday's game against Northwestern at Beaver Stadium, the Nittany Lions took the field wearing their classic blue jerseys. But something was missing.

The names that has been on the jerseys since PSU was hit with NCAA sanctions in 2012 were gone.

There is no word yet on why the names were removed from the jerseys, or if the move is permanent.

In 2012, when PSU was hit with NCAA sanctions stemming from the Sandusky scandal, then-coach Bill O'Brien added names to the long unadorned jerseys as a tribute to the players who stuck with the program even though they had all been cleared to transfer to other major-college programs without penalty.

The names remained through the 2013 season and then the first four games of this season under first-year coach James Franklin.

Most of the NCAA sanctions against PSU were lifted earlier this month.

As of this writing, it was not clear if removing the names from the jerseys was in reaction to that news.

The names on the jerseys had been a bone of contention with Penn State traditionalists and some former players, who thought it took away from the Lions' classic unadorned look and was disrespectful to former coach Joe Paterno.

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