People are still coming to grips with the new look for Penn State football players. Last names will now be on the backs of their jersey's.
Just like with everything else Penn State has gone through in the last nine months or so....loyal fans are still going to be loyal, despite the change.
We talked to a local sports expert about the minor change that's getting big attention.
Joe Bartolo owns J.J. Cards-N-Toys at the York Galleria. He says the entire Penn State/Sandusky Scandal hasn't hurt sales. And he doesn't expect the jersey change will either.
The University announced yesterday they will change their iconic uniforms by wearing blue ribbons to support victims of child sex abuse and by adding names of players.
The school says it's to acknowledge the players who decided to stick with the program despite the NCAA sanctions. Bartolo says he doesn't think the names will prevent anyone from buying new PSU wear. He already personalizes some players jersey's and they get snatched up. He also says the old jersey's won't immediately disappear.
The first time we'll see the new jersey's on the field in September 1st, a home game, when Penn State opens it's season against Oklahoma.
UNVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State will wear uniforms this season featuring players' names on the back for the first time and a blue ribbon to support all victims of child abuse.
By adding the names, Penn State is recognizing the players' 'resolve and dedication to the team and the University," the school said.
A blue ribbon is used to spread awareness of child abuse.
"The Penn State community stands with all victims of child abuse," said Acting Athletic Director David Joyner in a statement. "Coach Bill O'Brien and his football team made it clear they want to support victims and bring more awareness to this issue, which affects so many."
"I'm proud that our players want to be part of the University's efforts to help victims of child abuse," O'Brien said in a statement. "We hope our fans join us in wearing blue ribbons to all Penn State home games. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of children everywhere."
Coach O'Brien said members of the team helped make the decision to add names to the uniforms. The school added that players "indicated the names on their jerseys also mean they will hold each other accountable to uphold the traditions of Penn State football, both on and off the field."