PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

Bill O’Brien, the Blue Band, and the Alma Mater

You’ve probably heard about Bill O’Brien’s hot start to the recruiting season (see here, here, here, and here). You’ve probably heard of his prior success in the pros with New England. What you might not have heard much about thus far is Coach O’Brien’s smooth transition into the way of life of “Dear Old State.” At the Blue Band’s annual banquet last Sunday, Coach O’Brien approached Blue Band director Dr. Bundy about having the football team join the Band in singing the Alma Mater after each home football game.

However, according to Blue Band drum major Ian Kenney, “a lot more planning and logistics needs to be worked out”; for instance, the impact of this idea on the band’s current post-game performance must be considered.

The general sentiment seems to be that Coach O’Brien, beyond his success in bringing in highly-touted recruits, has really proven that he is what Penn State was looking for–a coach that is respectful of the longstanding traditions of Penn State football and is willing to build on those traditions with new and innovative ways of expressing what Penn State is truly about.

Kenney, speaking on the impact of Coach O’Brien so far, said that he was “thrilled that [Coach O’Brien] took the time out of his schedule to come tell us how excited he is to hear us” and that “[O’Brien] wants to include us more into the gameday experience.”

Barring any logistical setbacks, it seems that we will have a new football tradition on our hands, as well as a great coach and new member of the Penn State family in Bill O’Brien.

About the Author

Bobby Chen

Writer and photographer, helping tell the many stories of the Penn State community.

Comments

State College Links
More by Robert

[Photos] Penn State Tramples UMass, 48-7

Relive Penn State’s 48-7 thrashing of the UMass Minutemen through the lenses of our photographers, Bobby Chen and Hannah Byrne.

[Photos] Lunar Lion Debuts New Mission Headquarters

[Video] The Statesmen’s Ben Mays Sings Proposal to Girlfriend, In A Cappella

Athletics

Penn State Baseball Routes Lafayette 8-1 In Allentown

The Nittany Lions’ offense exploded for eight runs in a much needed victory over Lafayette.

Report: Penn State Investigating Swimming Coaches After Allegations Of Bullying

Penn State Women’s Lacrosse Loses To No. 1 Stony Brook 21-13

Tony Carr Signs With Octagon Basketball Agency

Penn State Baseball, Lion’s Pantry Join Forces To Help Fight Food Insecurity

Student Life

Country Rock Band Old Dominion To Visit BJC October 26

Death. Taxes. The Bryce Jordan Center booking country acts.

UPUA Finishes Spring Semester Strong

The Weird, Wacky, And Wonderful World Of Penn State Craigslist

Saquon Barkley Shows Some Skin On SI Cover

The NFL Draft begins Thursday, April 26, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Barkley is expected to be a top-five pick, and he and his most vehement supporters say there’s no reason he won’t go No. 1 overall.

Saquon Barkley’s College Career As Told By Five Games

Five games in particular give a clear glimpse of what Saquon Barkley meant to Penn State football.

To Our Favorite NFL Teams: Please Draft Saquon Barkley

Our staffers enjoyed rooting for Saquon Barkley so much that they can’t imagine not doing so in the NFL.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Never Count Yourself Out: Trevor Hayes’ Senior Column

This is the end of a wild journey with too many ups and downs to count.

Send this to a friend