• Last names added for 2012 season to honor players who stayed
  • NCAA has lessened a number of penalties, including bowl ban

Penn State University will remove player names from its football jerseys, returning to a tradition that served the program for its first 125 years.

The university added last names to jerseys for the first time in 2012, a decision by then-head coach Bill O’Brien to recognize players that chose to remain with the program after it was punished for the way it responded to child sex abuse by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

Three years later, after the reduction of most of those National Collegiate Athletic Association penalties, the school is returning to its tradition of: “Black Shoes. Basic Blues. No Names. All Game.”

“We are a strong family, playing for one goal, one university and there is only one name that truly matters, Penn State,” Nittany Lions coach James Franklin said in a statement.

Penn State finished 7-6 overall last year, and 2-6 in Big Ten play. The Nittany Lions open the 2015 season on Sept. 5 at Temple.

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