University of Iowa President Sally Mason is calling for Hawkeye fans thinking about making fun of Penn State when the Nittany Lions come to Kinnick Stadium on Oct. 20 to think again.
Mason said during the Presidential Committee on Athletics meeting Thursday she would speak over the next few days about some T-shirts that have popped up online making fun of the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal at Penn State.
Several national media outlets have reported it over the past few days. Yahoo! Sports has a photo of the T-shirt, which features Herky and the phrase “I’d rather take a shower at Penn State than cheer for the Huskers.”
“I have just within the last few hours seen some T-shirts that refer to Penn State in a way I don’t think is indicative of the way Hawkeyes should behave.
“I’m very unhappy with this.”
The T-shirt was apparently started by an LSU fan this summer, and it that has since been copied by fans at Ohio State and now Iowa.
Mason, chairman of the Big Ten council of presidents and chancellors, said the Penn State scandal has been an ongoing topic of conversation.
“This sends a message, especially to the victims, the young victims from the Penn State scandal, that is is not one that any of us would approve of, or condone,” Mason said.
Iowa Athletics Director Gary Barta said the University of Iowa can remove fans from the stadium with inappropriate shirts.
“I think our general approach is we ask them to turn them inside out or remove them,” Barta said. “And I think 99.9 percent of the time, people comply.”
Mason doesn’t want to see these T-shirts anywhere, and reinforced that Iowans should hold themselves to a higher standard.
“We need to help our fans understand what good behavior is, versus what bad behavior is,” Mason said. “T-shirts that somehow make a joke or try to make a joke regarding Penn State situation, is not a healthy situation. It’s not funny.
“Not intended to be in any way indicative of the way we as Hawkeyes should behave.”
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