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

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!"

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

-Emily Kaplan

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