Christopher Smith

Penn State Changing Uniforms Under James Franklin?

Created on Feb. 23, 2014 1:01 PM EST

Enter James Franklin to the Penn State football program.

Out with the old, in with the... old?

While it's purely speculation at this point, Penn State did make two uniform changes under Bill O'Brien, first removing the neckline stripes from its jerseys in 2011 and then adding last names in 2012, a fairly unpopular decision among Nittany Lions fans.

Players have been seen in public wearing jerseys with no names and the striping returned, though Penn State has not commented. It's unclear whether the school simply pulled these from a shelf somewhere for an event or two.

Sports Illustrated has been among those speculating about the potential change. Franklin has a history of aggressive marketing and surely has a sense for the history and traditions in State College, Pa., by now, so it seems at least plausible.

Nike makes Penn State's uniforms, which saw little change for several decades before the O'Brien era, coinciding with Joe Paterno's long run as head coach.

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