After everything that has transpired over the course of the last ten months, Penn State is making the necessary changes to put the past behind them.
It started will the decision to put names across the back of players jerseys and now fans will no longer be able to sing Neil Diamond’s hit “Sweet Caroline”. The school has decided to cut the song from the playlist that is played at Beaver Stadium on Saturdays during the fall.
In this case, it’s a smart play by Penn State. They are playing this situation safe and not leaving room for any speculation. After concerns were raised by university officials regarding the “touching you, touching me” lyrics, the school decided to not take any chances.
Moving on from the Jerry Sandusky scandal is exactly what Penn State needs to do – for the football program, the school, and most importantly, the victims.
Starting a new tradition around State College is a breath of fresh air. Some will never want to leave the past and be upset for all the changes, but it’s for the better. Fast and active changes will only help everyone move forward in the future. Most will never forget, but moving forward is what needs to be done to prosper in the future.
The NCAA sanctions are harsh and will cripple the football program for quite some time.
But with a new coach in Bill O’Brien and his ability to lead the players who decided to stay and continue their pledge to play for the Nittany Lions, the future can still look positive.
Change brings new opportunities. It’s time to buy in Penn State fans.
Will Wilson is a writer for Rant Sports covering College Football and the Big Ten Conference.