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Penn State to alter jerseys

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Players' names are being added to Penn State's football jerseys for this season, the university said Tuesday, along with blue ribbons to show support for victims of child abuse.

The team's generic look — blue-and-white, no names on jerseys — was long a trademark associated with the late Joe Paterno, who was fired last year after his former assistant Jerry Sandusky was arrested on child molestation charges.

The program faces a four-year bowl ban and loss of scholarships handed down by the NCAA over the school's handling of the scandal.

"We want our fans to know and recognize these young men," said coach Bill O'Brien, hired after last season.

Also, a group of former PSU players, led by ex-quarterback Michael Robinson, told the NCAA that it intends to appeal the sanctions. A school trustee has sent a similar letter to the NCAA, which says the sanctions are not subject to appeal.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Tanner McEvoy decided to transfer, less than two weeks after his arrest in North Carolina. McEvoy, from Hillside, N.J., was listed as the fourth-team quarterback coming into fall camp.

REALIGNMENT: Albany and Stony Brook accepted offers to join the Colonial Athletic Association for football beginning in 2013. Both won Division I-AA conference titles last season — Albany in the Northeast Conference and Stony Brook in the Big South.

OKLAHOMA: Former Penn State receiver Justin Brown had his first practice, completing the process of transferring. The senior is eligible to play this season because of the NCAA's penalties against PSU.

BASKETBALL: Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun was released from the hospital after surgery on a broken left hip. The school said Calhoun went home and will begin rehabilitation. The 70-year-old Hall-of-Famer was injured Saturday in a fall during a bicycle ride and had surgery that night. … Oklahoma State center Phillip Jurick was suspended indefinitely after he pleaded not guilty to charges that he possessed marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Penn State to alter jerseys 08/07/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 10:36pm]
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