Penn State adding players' names and symbol of child-abuse awareness to football team's jerseys
Penn State tight end Andrew Szczerba takes a knee after their 17-14 loss to Nebraska in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, in State College, Pa. Penn State played for the first time in decades without former head coach Joe Paterno, after he was fired in the wake of a child sex abuse scandal involving a former assistant coach. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) / AP Photo/Matt Rourke
(CBS/AP) STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Penn State is adding the names of players as well as a symbol of child-abuse awareness to the football team's jerseys for the upcoming season.
The university announced the changes Tuesday, saying they will take effect with the Sept. 1 season opener against Ohio University.
The team's generic look has long been its trademark, but officials say they're adding the names to recognize the players' "resolve and dedication."
The uniforms will also sport a blue ribbon to support all victims of child abuse.
Last month, Rich Scarcella of Nittany Extra reported that football coach Bill O'Brien talked to Nike about changing the iconic uniforms.
The team is about to start its first full season in decades without Joe Paterno as head coach. He died in January, two months after being fired by the trustees in the wake of Jerry Sandusky's arrest on child molestation charges. Sandusky awaits sentencing on 45 counts.
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