Playing for purpose: Penn State opens with Ohio

Associated Press  |  Last updated August 31, 2012
A season of change is finally about to begin for Penn State. There's a new coach, a new offense and a new look to the classic uniform. Ohio visits Beaver Stadium on Saturday for the historic season opener. Time to play football again following an offseason no one could have imagined. New coach Bill O'Brien inherits a program burdened by strict NCAA sanctions, including a four-year bowl ban. But the Nittany Lions have still found plenty of purpose this season. Linebacker Mike Mauti said he's glad to just be playing football again and playing for fans who rallied around the team after the penalties. Fellow senior linebacker Gerald Hodges said the Nittany Lions are playing for pride, respect and to show pundits they can rebound from adversity.
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