Penn State football uniforms will look different in 2012.
The iconic navy blue jerseys will feature player names on the back for the first time, along with blue ribbons to support victims of child abuse.
The decision to add names was made “in recognition of (their) resolve and dedication to the team and the university,” according to a statement.
The blue ribbons speak for themselves.
Penn State uniforms have been widely known for their simple design and lack of a name across the back, but this is a different program now.
Coach Bill O’Brien said in May that the uniforms wouldn’t change from the design favored by Joe Paterno, but apparently had a change of heart.
The fallout from the Jerry Sandusky scandal was immense as a committee found Joe Paterno and Penn State culpable as well as the child molester himself.
The university's statue of the coaching legend, now deceased, has been torn down. In 2012, the uniforms will further signal a new era at PSU.