In a stunning reversal of the good sportsmanship and courtesy shown to Navy last week, Penn State’s “12th man” verbally abused and taunted the Temple Owls and referees on Saturday. The use of the “F—you, Temple” chant by the student body was the lowest point I had heard in the many years of attending Penn State football games. I understand the pent-up frustration of the students — and alumni, for that matter— but to be verbally abusive with such a chant at any time, but especially on the Blue Out day targeted to collect funds and increase awareness of child abuse, was hypocritical and immature. Penn State looked small and mean on Saturday as a result.
This is not the image we want or need to portray. While Penn State students did not create this horrible scandal and media black cloud around us, it may be the students who convince the world that we are better than this.
Class of 1966