Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Bill O'Brien at pep rally: "Be loud, be there early" for Penn State's whiteout vs Ohio State

The football team, wearing warmups, sat in the stands as their coach spoke. They attended the pep rally before checking in to a hotel for the night, a Nittany Lion tradition.

Bill O'Brien at pep rally: "Be loud, be there early" for Penn State's whiteout vs Ohio State

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Bill O'Brien wants fans to arrive to Beaver Stadium early on Saturday. He wants them to wear white, be respectful and be loud the entire game.

The coach has repeated his request so many times this week -- at his press conference, on his radio show, in interviews -- that when he appeared at a pep rally on campus Friday night, he made his point short and sweet. O'Brien's speech was under a minute. There were close to 1,000 fans at the pep rally, held at Rec Hall, and most wore white.

The football team, wearing warmups, sat in the stands as their coach spoke. They attended the pep rally before checking in to a hotel for the night, a Nittany Lion tradition.

Penn State basketball coach Pat Chambers also spoke to the crowd. The highly-energetic Chambers rode into the pep rally on a golf cart -- he drove himself -- wearing a full football uniform, including white pants and eye black. His jersey was No. 42, like Penn State senior Mike Mauti. As a part of Chambers pump up speech, he led the crowd in a chant: "When I say Mike, you say Mauti!"

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O'Brien ended his speech by leading the crowd in a "We Are..." chant.

-Emily Kaplan

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Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 30 years, covering covering Penn State football, Villanova basketball and other college sports, along with golf and the Penn Relays. This is his seventh season on The Inquirer’s Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976-84.

Joining Joe this season is Erin McCarthy, an intern for The Inquirer and a junior at Penn State majoring in print and digital journalism. This is Erin's first season on the Penn State football beat. She previously spent two summers as an Inquirer summer intern on the Pennsylvania and South Jersey desks. She is also an editor for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A Delaware County native, Erin graduated from Episcopal Academy.

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