Rutgers apologizes for ‘Ped State’ shirts, offensive banner during Penn State game

Rutgers AD Julie Hermann condemns the 'regrettable actions of a handful' of Scarlet Knight fans.Howard Simmons/New York Daily News Rutgers AD Julie Hermann condemns the ‘regrettable actions of a handful’ of Scarlet Knight fans.

One game into its first Big 10 football season, here is Rutgers’ record: One tough loss, one big apology.

The Scarlet Knights fell to Penn State, 13-10, Saturday night, and Monday athletic director
Julie Hermann issued an apology for some “inappropriate and offensive” t-shirts and banners Rutgers fans displayed at the game making light of the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal at Penn State.

“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,” said Hermann in a statement on Rutgers’ athletics website Monday. “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.”

As the Daily News reported Sunday night, some photos of fans wearing shirts saying “Beat Ped State” were posted on the school’s Twitter account.

“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,” Hermann said.

Other tailgating fans raised a banner featuring a small stick-like figure performing a sex act on a taller, presumably older figure with the words “Penn State” written above.

“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.”

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