"[Bill O'Brien] also revealed to the room that the team would start a new tradition of singing the alma mater with the Penn State band on the field following each home game."
[Apologies to 412lion for hacking apart this FanPost, but I wanted to bump this to the front page because (a) nobody reads the FanShots and (b) it's a good chance for you to tell PSU what you think of this, or even propose alternatives. - CG]
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Join us for a Saint Mardi Gras Day celebration!
Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 5:30 - 8 PM
Our own little "holiday," nestled between Fat Tuesday & St. Patrick's Day!
Bar Louie at Station Square
Light snacks provided; cash bar.
A person should mean what he says or else he should refrain from comment. That type of individual is the bigot upon whom we must concentrate our efforts. . . The forces of intolerance and hate are on the march today. The seed of hate and discord is being sewn all around us. It is our task to inculcate our worthy ideals into the warped minds of weaklings before this seed takes root.
- Angelo Paterno, 1945
Statement from Wisconsin Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez:
"Today is a sad day. Joe made a difference. He impacted a lot of people. He made a difference in a community, in a college and in college football. He was truly special and an icon. For someone to continue to do what he did through different generations and for such a long period of time and be effective was amazing. I've considered Joe a friend and a mentor. This is sad day for college football and the Penn State community. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them and the Paterno family."
Statement from Wisconsin head football coach Bret Bielema:
"Coach Paterno obviously did so many wonderful things for a number of years, not only with the success of his teams on the field but the number of lives he shaped. I hope people remember his lifetime achievements. From day one, when I joined the head coaching ranks and was fortunate enough to cross paths with him at coaches meetings and various functions, he was always very engaging and complimentary of the way we did things at Wisconsin and how we played. I enjoyed competing with him at every level. Our Badger football family sends our condolences and deepest sympathies to the Penn State community and the Paterno family."
"Much is being said about the hiring of Bill O'Brien as the next football coach at Penn State. I do not know him. I have never met him nor been coached by him. One thing I do know is that I will support him and I call on all Penn State football lettermen to do the same," Collins wrote. "Whether you agree or disagree with his hiring, we should support him. Instead of chastising him for not being a Penn Stater, let's show him what it means to be a Penn Stater. Coach O'Brien is faced with the daunting task of resurrecting our beloved, yet bruised program. Let's support him in any way we can."