For weekend matchup, Ohio State students encourage fans to leave Penn State students out of abuse scandal

    When Penn State football players walk into Ohio State’s stadium this weekend, they won’t just automatically shed the scandal that’s clouded PSU since former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was accused of child sexual abuse.

    But Buckeyes won’t be calling the Nittany Lions out for the alleged crimes.

    In a letter to the student body — posted to Midwest Sports Fans — student leaders have encouraged their peers to, “Be loud. Be proud. Be respectful,” this weekend.

    “It is important to remember that neither the athletes nor the students of Penn State played a role in these alleged crimes,” the letter reads, “and that their university has been just as shocked and horrified by the news as we have — they are a proud community and they love their school just as much as we love ours.”

    The Nittany Lions will play this weekend without coach Joe Paterno, who was fired in connection with the scandal just before the team’s last home game of the season.

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