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Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 08/27/2012

Penn State drops “Sweet Caroline” at games

Bill O’Brien, Penn State’s new coach, and the new-look Nittany Lions won’t be hearing “Sweet Caroline” this fall at Beaver Stadium. (PAT LITTLE / Reuters)
Penn State has a new football coach, its players will wear jerseys with their names across the back and, when the team opens the season Saturday against Ohio University, the song “Sweet Caroline” will not be played over the Beaver Stadium loudspeakers.

The school is ending the sing-along with Neil Diamond’s song, the Altoona Mirror reports, in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal that has rocked Penn State.

School officials, according to the Mirror, were concerned about the appropriateness of the song’s “touching me, touching you” lyrics.

There will be other changes on game day as well. Players will arrive at Beaver Stadium earlier and will not be wearing their pads when they enter.

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