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To all those who are considering giving up their tickets

I'm not gonna tell anyone how they should or shouldn't react. Every person is different and I understand that.

I just urge people to use some restraint from acting hastily. If you're giving up your tickets that's your prerogative as I understand they are substantial investment for most people. However think about why you've been going to Penn State games for the past however many years. Has it been because of the AD, the president, or the board of trustees. My guess is many of us didn't know who was on the board of trustees until a few months ago. I would also guess most of you, went to see the guys clad in plain blue and white uniforms, the somewhat haggard looking nittany lion, the incredible video played on the stadium before each game, or maybe the blue band when they're audible over some crappy pop music playing in the stadium(remember when that was the biggest issue regarding going to games). A lot of us also probably went to the games hoping to get a glimpse of Joe walking the sidelines, taking what might be one final glance at a living legend. One we all have admired and adored and even looked up to for years.

The fact of the matter was no matter who was hired that would be gone. The sting of not seeing that would still be there, the childhood memories of Joe's glory days flashing back when Joe ambled out of the tunnel would be gone.But those other things all remain, and those are the things Joe has tried to teach all of us. Penn State should be about Penn State, it should be about the guys on the field, not some suits sitting in a office somewhere. It's about the alumni, the student section, and even those who are just fans, coming together as one Penn State family. And while it may not seem like it right now. All of that will still be true no matter who coaches in the fall.

What I have learned from Joe is that it's up to all of us to ensure Penn State remains Penn State. It's up to all of us to make it known a dip in graduation rates isn't acceptable. It's up to all of us to make it known that you need to act like you've been there before, even if you haven't. Now it's up to all of us to show Joe we've been listening. So if you want to give up your tickets and take down your banners, that's fine, everyone handles situations differently. But if you're considering it I just ask that you take a second to think about what Penn State really means to you, what it really meant to Joe, and what's really important.

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