Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 11/25/12

Penn State decided to honor the 2012 football team alongside many of the other best squads in the program’s history with some special recognition inside Beaver Stadium. Prior to Saturday’s season finale against Wisconsin, “2012″ was unveiled as the latest edition to the strip below the luxury boxes at Beaver Stadium. Only teams that have gone undefeated or won national or conference championships get a spot on the facade, but an exception was made for the 2012 team. Penn State was punished by the NCAA prior to the season for its role in the Jerry Sandusky scandal, and all the players in the program had the option to transfer schools. Many of them stayed and, despite starting the season 0-2, they battled to finish 8-4. “There have been some great teams in this program’s history — the 1982 and 1986 National Championship teams, the 1994 undefeated team — on the field,” coach Bill O’Brien said. “But no team has gone through more than this team. That’s why this senior class will go down as one of the greatest in Penn State history.” It’s understandable why Penn State was looking to give special recognition to this team for its perseverance, but I still disagree with their decision to honor anything that has to do with the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Nothing about it should be celebrated, not even the way the current team responded. Photo via Penn State/Twitter H/T Game On!

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