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Report: Penn State bans “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)

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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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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