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Penn State removing names from back of its jerseys

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In the wake of the Jerry Sandusky mess, Penn State announced ahead of the 2012 season it would add names to the back of its famously minimalist jerseys.

"We want our fans to know and recognize these young men," then-head coach Bill O'Brien said at the time. "They have stuck together during tough times, and I commend them for the leadership they have shown. Moving forward, I'm deeply committed to honoring Penn State's traditions, while building a bright future for our football program."

The 2012 announcement noted the decision was only for that season, but the names remained on the Lions' blue and white jerseys for the 2013 and 2014 campaigns.

On Thursday, head coach James Franklin announced Penn State would revert back to its traditional look under Joe Paterno and go nameless once again.

"In 2012, for the first time in the program's history, names adorned the back of the jersey to forever identify the men who stayed loyal, sacrificed & chose to play for this institution during the most difficult of times," Franklin said in a statement. "The 2012 team, permanently recognized in Beaver Stadium, will hold an enduring place in our program's history. Their commitment will never be forgotten.

"However, it's time we bring back the tradition that represented Penn State for 125 years. We are a strong family, playing for one goal, one university and there is only one name that truly matters, Penn State."

Update: Penn State has released a video further explaining their return to the traditional no name approach on the unis entitled Black Shoes. Basic Blues. No Names. All Game.