Coach Franklin urges all to do their part this weekend

October 29, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — As the Nittany Lion football team prepares to take on Ohio State for its first home game of the 2020 season, Coach James Franklin and the University – in partnership with the Borough of State College -- urge all students and fans to remember we are still in the midst of a pandemic, and large gatherings and Halloween celebrations that traditionally happen cannot occur. In a video message, Coach James Franklin shares his appreciation for the support from Nittany Nation, and while it may be different this year, he encourages safe celebrations from home. 

Everyone must follow requirements in masking and social distancing, comply with local ordinances in place, and avoid large gatherings to protect the health and well-being of the community at large.  

James Franklin's Message to the Penn State Community

James Franklin, head football coach, shares a message to the Penn State community ahead of the Nittany Lions football season. Cheer on the team, and remember to mask up, socially distance as recommended by infectious disease experts, and look out for one another. Our community. Our responsibility.

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All in the Penn State community – students, parents, fans, friends and alumni – have a shared responsibility to do their part to limit the spread of COVID-19. Penn State agreed to the extensive measures put in place by the Big Ten to keep our players, coaching staff and community safe and healthy – so we could all enjoy a Nittany Lions football season.  

Students are reminded:

  • Remain physically distant

  • Dnot gather in crowds and do not travel to other locations

  • Wear a face mask when required

  • Cheer on your Nittany Lions in a socially distant fashion to focus on the health and safety of the entire community

  • The choice to ignore health and safety requirements is a choice that impacts everyone and individuals who violate the rules will be subject to disciplinary action from the Office of Student Conduct. The University takes seriously its obligation to protect the health of our entire community and will hold individuals accountable for any violations of Penn State’s Student Code of Conduct.  

To continue on-campus learning, work and other activities through the fall semester, it’s vital that students, faculty and staff at all campuses and in adjacent communities do their part to limit the spread of COVID-19 — and support the effort to “Mask Up or Pack Up.” 

Penn State leaders know that the majority of students are trying to keep our campus safe. The University urges everyone to continue to wear face masks, practice good hand hygiene, employ social distancing, and avoid gatherings.

For the latest updates and information on Penn State’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, including frequently asked questions and information specific for students, faculty and staff, visit


Last Updated October 29, 2020