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Penn State Players, Coaches React on Twitter to the Big Ten Canceling 2020 Fall Season

It’s going to be a long, long fall in Happy Valley and college towns across the country

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While nothing may ever be worse than July 23, 2012, for Penn State fans, Tuesday rivals it. On Tuesday, August 11, 2020, the Big Ten announced that due to the coronavirus pandemic they will not play football this fall.

The announcement, while not surprising, was no less gut wrenching and disheartening for Penn State fans. Sadness, depression, anger, frustration, to name a few, were the emotions fans of the Nittany Lions and all Big Ten schools were feeling when the news was announced.

For as upset as fans were about the news, it hit Big Ten players and coaches even harder. Some players may have just had the final year of their collegiate careers ripped away from them, many others could still lose a year of eligibility. So, without a fall season to have Twitter reactions to write about, we’re going to take a look today at how Penn State players and coaches reacted on Twitter to the news that there will not be a Big Ten season this fall.

Before any announcement was made, it was clear that the Nittany Lion players and coaches wanted there to be a season.

This included players such as Michal Menet, Pat Freiermuth, PJ Mustipher, and Jordan Stout, among others, expressing their confidence in the program’s protocols and safety plans.

This extended to player’s parents as well.

Prior to the Big Ten announcing their decision to cancel the fall season, James Franklin, as he always does, came out with a great statement on Twitter about the situation. This led to both players and coaches standing with their head coach.

After all of this... the Big Ten hammer dropped. Leading the way for the Nittany Lions, as a true leader does, was quarterback Sean Clifford.

Plenty of other players and coaches took to Twitter to express their feelings as well.

Through all of this your heart has to break for these players and coaches. It also breaks for the cheerleaders, Blue Band members and members of other fall sports who have all had a season ripped away from them. In some cases, their final season.

Finally, there was Micah Parsons. While Micah had already opted out of the 2020 season due to the coronavirus, he took to Twitter to say something many Penn State fans will agree with.

Penn State was slated to have their most talented roster since maybe the legendary 1994 squad. Between a manageable crossover schedule with the Big Ten West, getting Ohio State at home and the amount of talent the Nittany Lions were slated to bring back, it appeared this could finally be the year they got over the College Football Playoff hump. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus, it will always be nothing more than a major ‘what if?’.