As the players and coaches celebrated a thrilling Cotton Bowl victory against the Memphis Tigers, it was hard not to think about the talent and experience returning in 2020. It was clear the potential was there for a very special season.
Those dreams began to get clouded as the world started to turn upside down in March. At first, it seemed safe to think everything would be normal by September, and we’d be gathering in Beaver Stadium to cheer on the Nittany Lions as usual. Then doubt began to set in, as there was still no clear path for sports to return after several months. Despite the uncertainty, we began the 100 day countdown as usual as Penn State was still scheduled to kickoff the season on Sept. 5 against Kent State. The schedule would then change to a conference-only slate, with the same week one date, just with a different opponent. Then the season was postponed, with a glimmer of hope that a spring season could somehow work.
After several weeks of other conferences returning to the field, the Big Ten reversed course and gave us new life. Big Ten Football would happen in 2020, after all. And after an absolute roller coaster of an offseason, we are now just one day away from watching the men in blue and white go to battle with the Hoosiers to begin their quest for a Big Ten Championship in about the most unusual of circumstances as any of us have seen. Sure, things will be a bit different, but one thing is for sure - tomorrow at 3:30 p.m., PENN STATE FOOTBALL IS BACK!
Only one more day, folks.