The Jerry Sandusky sex scandal continues to reverberate at Penn State.
The latest shock from the scandal that resulted in the ouster of coach Joe Paterno and crushing NCAA penalties involves the in-game music selection.
The athletic association has banned the playing of the Neil Diamond classic “Sweet Caroline,” which has become a staple at many sporting events. University officials were concerned because of a line in the song that goes “touching you, touching me,” according to the Allatoona Mirror newspaper.
“The thing our fans have come to expect is a great gameday experience,” said Greg Myford, associate athletic director for business relations and communications. “On a national level, we know we are very highly regarded for the Penn State gameday experience. We are not making any wholesale changes to that.”
Penn State is making other changes this season, including putting players’ names on the back of their jerseys for the first time.
Sandusky, 68, the former longtime Penn State defensive coordinator was convicted in June of 48 counts of abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period.