Ohio State to Penn State: We support you
Ohio State and Penn State both lost their iconic head coaches to different scandals since they met in Columbus in 2010.
November 16th, 2011
07:18 AM ET

Ohio State to Penn State: We support you

When Penn State arrives for their first road game since the child rape allegations involving Jerry Sandusky broke, they will arrive at a school that knows something about scandals.

That's why Ohio State says they plan a warm welcome for the Penn State football team in Columbus, Ohio, this weekend, and are asking students to do the same.

Jared Kamrass, the undergraduate representative to the University Athletic Council, spoke at a pre-game press conference this afternoon, announcing that OSU students attending the game Saturday should come to the game, looking to represent the campus by being well-behaved at the game.

“Separate to football, we will also be unveiling a social media campaign, encouraging students to change their Facebook and Twitter profile pictures, to an image we have designed, that honors the victims of the alleged tragedies at Penn State,” Kamrass said.

The image includes a blue ribbon which is a common symbol for child abuse prevention.

Ohio State has asked students to change their profile pictures to this logo.

Earlier this year, Ohio State's Jim Tressel, who was seen by many as above reproach, resigned in disgrace after withholding program violations from the NCAA. The Ohio State college newspaper, The Lantern, posted an article about how Joe Paterno's departure sparked reactions similar to what happened with Tressel.

While the OSU scandal was of a very different nature than the one at Penn State, the Buckeyes program was profoundly impacted by the allegations. Several players allegedly swapped team and personal memorabilia and equipment for tattoos and other benefits. Tressel became aware of the transactions, which violate NCAA rules, but did not report them on a form all coaches are required to submit.

Penn State's interim head coach Tom Bradley said he spoke to Luke Fickell, the Ohio State coach, both of whom were thrust into the limelight over their schools' scandals. The two men discussed activity the teams would engage in for the game but Bradley didn't elaborate on what that would be. Last week at Penn State's game against Nebraska, there were dramatic gestures of support for victims of child sex abuse.

Kamrass said they are planning to send an e-mail to the 60,000 members of the OSU campus, encouraging students to welcome fans and students from Penn State as they arrive on campus.

The Athletic Council also produced a video featuring student athletes from both the OSU football and basketball teams, speaking to the greater OSU community and encouraging a welcoming environment this weekend.

“This is a very unique situation,” Kamrass said. “We want students to be loud and proud, but respectful. The students from PSU have nothing to do with the tragedy and were blindsided as much as everybody else.”

Across the country, criticism of Penn State has festered over the scandal, but Bradley said he was assured by Ohio State officials that there will be no problems for his visiting team.

"It's still Ohio State-Penn State," Bradley said. "One of the things I want emphasize right now, this is all about the players. This is about our team. It's about their team."

soundoff (129 Responses)
  1. MandaMoo

    Sorry, Tweety, it's spelled h*u*m*b*l*y.
    Looks like you're a dodo bird. BYE. :)

    November 16, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tweety Bird

    I did look again, my mistake, and thank you. Good night

    November 16, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Fester

    Paterno did nothing wrong, he should stay, but the other guy has got to go, throw him in general pop and let him feel what hes done . The poor students, that have to suffer through this bs!!!!

    November 16, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • RexCraigo

      Paterno did nothing..................

      End of statement.

      November 17, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Fester

    Oh boy somebody has an education, so that makes them perfect . And educated enough to not have to look in the mirror any more, oh damm i just lowerd my self to your level

    November 16, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Steve

    No. We don't support Penn State. We support the victims. OSU does not equal Penn St. and nothing a few players did here could ever be in the same sentence as what happened in Penn St.

    I get that they want fans to be respectful. Just say that. That entire program is falling from the top down. Just because there have been "scandals" for a lack of better term at both programs, doesn't mean we should be hugging them.

    November 17, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • PSU Alum

      Everyone please remember, that the students and alumni were just as blindsided by this scandal as the rest of the nation. I believe that I can say with confidence that we support the victims and abhor the crimes and the perpetrator. I personally want to let OSU know that we appreciate that they recognize the difference between the reprehenisble actions of the administrators, and the students and alumni retaining pride in what we know about our school. Speaking as an alum, we love football, but most of us didn't play. We worked hard followed the rules matriculated because that's what was expected of us. It is a shame that those in leadership positions elected not do the same. And, through no fault of our own, the students and alums have to carry the weight of this scandal as well.

      I continue to pray for the victims and their families for they have it worse than all of us.

      November 17, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. DARTH VADER

    i am sure all death row inmates support other death row inmates as well.

    November 17, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. Truth

    I wish all you PSU and OSU haters would open your eyes and shut your mouths. Let's take a step back at put this into a perspective that you can understand (or at least I hope you're intelligent enough to understand).

    What you are doing is holding an entire organization accountable, and calling for them to pay, for the crimes/wrongdoings of others in that organization. What do you call it when you have misguided perceptions or even hatred toward a group of people based on the actions of others within that group? I believe the term is prejudice, or more harshly put....racism. Are you people really stooping to that level?

    And you're doing this all in the name of justice. To be just, you must punish the ones who have done wrong. So let's see....Spanier, Curley, Shultz, and Paterno have all been removed and Sandusky was arrested and is being investigated. I would say that, depending on what the investigation turns up and what Sandusky is sentenced, that justice is being served. Don't call for the innocent to pay for the crimes of others.

    Please, snap out of this media induced frenzy, and place blame and anger where is actually belongs.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jonathan

      Well said!

      November 17, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sean

    I see nothing but complete abolishment of the Pred U football program. How can there not be a complete Death Penalty for the program?! If the allegations are true, we'll see in the trial, then you have a case of the Head Coach and AD conspiring to withhold a federal crime committed on the football facilities.
    If the NCAA is going to hammer Tressel for withholding tatt's, what are they going to do to JoPa? And I do not want to hear the Gene Smith excuse of 'rougue' personnel within the department.
    The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions have embarrassed the Big Conference with their 'win at all costs' policies.

    November 18, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  9. #Go Blue

    This article is funny. It's funny that Ohio State making a statement about how they'll be well behaved is newsworthy. Shouldn't they be respectful every single week to every single visiting team? Do you hear any other Big 10 schools being written about for their student body's personal behavior? No. And the reason is because all other schools don't notoriously act like hungry animals escaping from a zoo. Good work OSU, way to make a PR stunt centered around yourself. Yet another example of someone/something capitalizing on the attention of this horrific event. Just wait until they light a car on fire in the name of "school spirit."

    November 18, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • KR

      #Go Blue... Grow up. I have been to MANY away games in my time and seen MANY BIG 10 schools that have extraordinarily poor sportsmanship. I can honestly say that Nebraska is the only school I've been to where the fans are civil. So when you say that OSU fans are "hungry animals escaping from a zoo" maybe you should take a look around at all of the other programs as well. OSU is trying to encourage all of there fans (not just students mind you) to be on their best behavior, so instead of instantly being a critical ass, maybe you should remain quiet and lead by example with good sportsmanship. Sportsmanship doesn't just happen on game day... its in everything you say and do that concerns another school.

      November 18, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Freedom isn't free

    Anyone complicit with the Penn State pedophilia gang should be procecuted and recieve no golden parachute. That said, Gordon Gee and Gene Smith should have also been fired...

    November 18, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
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