Nittany Lions will not participate in a pot game
University Park, Pennsylvania. – The Pennsylvania football program will not participate in this season’s pot game, vice president of intercollegiate athletics Sandy Barbour And the head coach James Franklin Advertise.
The decision to turn down the bowl’s invitation was led by the student soccer athletes and fully supported by Barbour and Franklin.
“Our student-athletes have made tremendous sacrifices this season to play the game they love,” Barbour said. “Due to their adherence to our process and our protocols, we were kept healthy and we are one of two teams at the Big Ten that play in all nine scheduled matches. Very few teams have dealt with play during the pandemic as our program has, which fills me with pride in Pennsylvania. The opportunity will now be available to our student-athletes. For a well-deserved vacation to enjoy their time with their families before returning for the spring semester. I would also like to honor all the coaches and support staff who have also made many sacrifices themselves for our student-athletes to compete this fall and move forward. “
“I couldn’t be more proud and cheer in the way our team behaved during this unprecedented season. One of our four core values is willingness to sacrifice, and our student-athletes, coaches and staff have made incredible sacrifices in everyone who is off the field so we can compete this Year. ”“ This has been a challenging nine months, but we are proud of the way our student-athletes have traversed these challenging times. As you know, we are counting on the leaders and our leadership board to provide a voice to our team and our student-athletes have made the difficult decision not to participate in this year’s bowl to spend time with loved ones. We fully support their decision, knowing that it has been several months since our student-athletes were able to spend time with their families and the challenges they endured, both physically and mentally. This will be an opportunity for our youth to return to their homes, see family and recharge their batteries for the spring semester. ”