Penn State Wins College Colors Day Competition
ESPN may need to implement a Voter ID policy, but nonetheless, justice prevailed and Penn State was declared the winner of the College Colors Day competition today after the contest was halted for suspect voting numbers.
The competition website now reads:
Congratulations to The Pennsylvania State University, winner of the 2012 College Colors Day spirit cup. Leading the competition with more than 44,000 total pledges, Penn State fans showed the relentless, unwavering school spirit that defines the meaning of College Colors Day. On behalf of the collegiate licensing company and NCAA football, a donation of $10,000 will be made to Penn State’s general scholarship fund.
Penn State had led the vote count by nearly 10,000 when computer hackers compromised the competition last week and forced ESPN to shutdown the competition. Since Penn State led all other schools in pledges when the competition was shut down on August 24, they were declared the winner today.
“We are honored to recognize Penn State as the winner of the College Colors Day Spirit Cup and congratulate them on a tremendous effort to rally their fans in the inaugural Pledge Your Allegiance contest,” said Catherine Gammon, senior vice president, brand development, the Collegiate Licensing Company, to Penn State Live. “We thank all college fans who participated in the competition and encourage fans to continue supporting their favorite school by wearing their college gear on Friday, Aug. 31.”
This victory was made possible by a tremendous grassroots effort on social media by Penn State fans. The fact that ESPN is writing the check makes this recognition even sweeter.