Badgers Urge ‘Class And Dignity’ In Advance Of Penn State Matchup
University of Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez is urging fans to show “class and dignity” on Saturday when the 15th-ranked Badgers football team host No. 20 Penn State.
Alvarez said the school has hung a large blue ribbon on the outside, south wall of the UW Field House, near Camp Randall Stadium, to encourage awareness of the “serious issue of child abuse.” Blue is the ribbon color used to highlight child abuse awareness.
“The foot and vehicle traffic at the intersection where the blue ribbon hangs allows us to draw attention to the serious issue of child abuse,” Alvarez said. “I ask that fans attending our football game against Penn State on Saturday continue to remain aware of this issue and, accordingly, conduct themselves with the class and dignity that is called for.”
Penn State is reeling after accusations that former coach Jerry Sandusky molested boys for years.
Dean of Students Lori Berquam echoed Alvarez’s plea for attendees at Saturday’s football game to conduct themselves in a respectful manner.
“As the student-athletes, staff and fans of Penn State come to our campus this weekend amidst allegations of horrific conduct, I would like to ask the Badger community — students, alumni and fans — to display the highest values of the university in welcoming Penn State to Madison,” Berquam said. “Perhaps, now more than ever, it is important to treat our guests with respect. Let’s show Penn State our best, both on and off the field of play.”
Earlier this season, Alvarez and Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema tried to discourage fans from yelling obscenity-laced cheers.
Despite all their issues off the field the last few weeks, if Penn State beats the Badgers, the Nittany Lions will represent the Leaders Division against Michigan State in the Big Ten championshp game in Indianapolis next week.
The Nittany Lions continue to battle with focus on football and not everything else. Interim head coach Tom Bradley said that he’s working to answer his players’ questions.
“All I’ve tried to do, everything that has arisen, I’ve just tried to be completely transparent, good and bad,” he said. “We’ve talked about it as a squad. We’ve talked about it with individuals and the door’s open. They come in if they have questions. And that’s the best I can do is just make sure I can answer the things that are on their mind.”
Kickoff for Saturday’s game is at 2:30 p.m.