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‘That is Unacceptable’: Penn State Student Section VP Issues Letter in Response to Reported Inappropriate Behavior From Group During Rutgers Game

Bryce Jordan Center | Photo by Penn State

Penn State blowing a 19-point lead to Rutgers Sunday at the Bryce Jordan Center was bad enough.

Reported poor behavior from the school’s student section, “Legion of Blue,” doesn’t help anything.

A GroupMe message from the student section’s Vice President, Noah Odige, revealed reported behavior issues ranging from swearing to racial slurs. The message was obtained and tweeted by Noah Riffe, a photo editor with Gannett. Riffe told USA TODAY NETWORK New Jersey that he communicated with Odige, and Odige didn’t deny the message’s legitimacy.

” Loved the energy from the crowd, Odige wrote. “There are some issues however, that need to be addressed.

Firstly, there are lines we do not cross as fans, that includes being physical, hostile, or in any way disrespectful to opposing fans, players, coaches, etc. ‘Happy Valley Hospitality’ isn’t just a thing that we say it’s an attitude that we stay consistent with.”

Penn State’s student section is located behind the team’s benches.

Odige’s note mentioned reports of a Penn State fan throwing a fathead at a member of the Rutgers program.

” That is unacceptable,” Odige wrote, “and it’s something that can not only get you barred from the BJC but face police charges as well.”

Odige went on to write that Penn State athletics was issued a police warning “due to the alleged explicit, racist, and vulgar language directed to members of the Rutgers basketball team.”

“Things such as f-bombs, n-words, and other slurs being thrown around are downright unacceptable, and the privilege of sitting behind the benches will be revoked if this behavior continues.”

Somebody who traveled with Rutgers and sat on the court told USA TODAY NETWORK NEW JERSEY he “did not hear any racist taunts” but did describe a “stream of vulgarities showered upon the team throughout the game.”

Odige wrote that both Penn State and the Legion of Blue’s leaders were “extremely disappointed by the behavior displayed.”

“Not only is it a bad look for the Legion of Blue but for our program and university as well,” he wrote.

Odige ended the note by saying that the student section’s leaders trust that similar behavior won’t be displayed in Penn State’s home finale against Maryland this coming Sunday, March 5.

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