Saturday, November 12, 2011
Nebraska-Penn State pregame ponderables
By Brian Bennett
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Get ready for a game like no other.
There's never been a game with the storylines we have in this one between Nebraska and Penn State. Security is at a high level here at Beaver Stadium, with a highly noticeable police presence including a horse patrol circling the stadium. I saw some scattered protestors in the parking lots but just as many people carrying signs supporting Joe Paterno. And there are a lot of people simply expressing pride in Penn State, as well as those accepting donations to help victims of child abuse.
Police said a bomb threat was called into the stadium on Friday, but the threat was proved false after a sweep of the area. Hundreds of fans still lined up for the traditional arrival of the team buses and cheered on the players. The front seat of the first bus that belonged to Paterno for decades was left empty; interim coach Tom Bradley arrived on the second bus. Bradley shook hands with many students when he entered the stadium.
There are also a lot of former players in attendance. Former star linebacker LaVar Arrington spoke at Friday night's candlelight vigil. Most fans are wearing blue in support of child abuse prevention.
We do still have a football game today, and I'll have a lot more on that coming up. I'm fascinated to see what, if any, tributes the players make to Paterno. There is a planned moment of silence before kickoff to recognize the victims in the sex abuse scandal.
We have clear, sunny skies and temperatures climbing into the 50s. Some personnel nuggets and actual football talk coming soon ...