Rutgers Apologizes For Fans' Penn State Signs And T-Shirts

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Rutgers AD Julie Hermann released a statement of apology to any visiting Penn State fans who might've been offended by the conduct of some home fans at Rutgers's Big Ten debut on Saturday.

On behalf of Rutgers University and the Athletic Department, we would like to apologize for the regrettable actions of a handful of Rutgers fans on Saturday that do not convey the message of good, competitive spirit that we look forward to having with our new Big Ten rival Penn State University.

Some of the signage and t-shirts that we have been made aware of were both inappropriate and offensive.

I have spoken with and apologized to the Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour and I would like to apologize equally to the Penn State University fans, as well as Rutgers fans that were subjected to this classless display that does not represent the ethos of our university, athletic department or fan base.

The two inappropriate pictures that appeared briefly on our Facebook page as part of a 200-picture montage were immediately removed when we were alerted to their content.

It is unfortunate that the actions of a few spoiled an otherwise historic and recording-setting night that Rutgers fans provided for our first Big Ten football game.

What two pictures would those have been? A pair of prominently placed "Beat Ped State" shirts, apparently.


And this banner, borrowed from the old, unfortunate logo of the Arlington Pediatric Center.


Welcome to Rutgers, everyone.