The contingent, appropriately dressed in blue and white, gathered in front of the blue and white bus with the unmistakable logo of the Penn State mascot.
But one man was missing, with nearly 10 minutes to go Tuesday, before the 9:30 a.m. departure time.
''Who are we waiting for,'' Penn State field hockey coach Char Morett asked an athletic department official. ''The big guy?''
Five minutes later, Bill O'Brien appeared with a stuffed black briefcase in one hand, a jacket in the other.
It was time to start another week of the Penn State coaches caravan.
Crisscrossing Pennsylvania and neighboring states to hit Penn State alumni strongholds, the caravan was a thank-you trip to fans, as well as an opportunity to do some face-to-face fundraising, and promote ticket sales.
Some of Penn State's true blue supporters showed, from current students to well-to-do alumni. After a successful first season on the sideline in the face of unprecedented pressures, O'Brien clearly has the respect ...