Irish Team Criticized For Donning PSU Jerseys
An Irish college football team, the University College Dublin Emerald Isle, is facing criticism for deciding to wear Penn State football jerseys in a game last night against American opponent Ohio Northern University, according to The Patriot News. The Irish team did not have enough jerseys to clothe its roster for the game, and it looks like Penn State was nice enough to lend them the attire.
But it seems that no good deed goes unpunished, as the Emerald Isle is now facing criticism from the secretary of the Irish American Football Association, Cillian Smith, who told TheScore.ie that University College Dublin should have looked elsewhere for jerseys because of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
“Our association would consider it very insensitive for any Irish university to field a team in the uniforms of an institution which has been the subject of such serious allegations,” Smith said. “Had we been aware there were issues with UCD having the required number of jerseys, I’m sure another Irish team would have helped to kit the team out.”
A spokesperson from University College Dublin offered a response to the Irish American Football Association yesterday, arguing that the criticism is off-base. “It’s not like the jerseys were the culprits,” the spokesperson said. “Penn State have been wearing these colors for 110 years and most of the coaching staff from that scandal has been replaced.”
It is interesting to note that Dublin has been rumored as a potential venue to host Penn State’s 2014 season opener against University of Central Florida. Notre Dame and Navy played each other in Dublin last season, and while nothing has been made official yet, Penn State and UCF are in talks about the possibility of following suit.