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PSU can't handle late kickoffs
October 15, 2008 - Neil Rudel
The following letter ran in our Sunday Sports Mailbag a week ago. I've seen enough rowdy crowds for big night games at Penn State to know the legitimacy of it.
Penn State is to the point where it ought to ban 8 p.m. games. Its stadium is too big and its tailgating rush is too bloated with alcohol.
Gone, of course, are the 1:30 p.m. starts that long ago gave way to late afternoon and evening games that are more attractive for TV. Last year's 6 p.m. kick with Notre Dame is really the latest -- not just because of partying but traffic concerns as well -- that Penn State should kick off.
8 p.m. starts have seen visiting fans and bands abused, and it's time that Penn State quits shrugging its shoulders and becomes more pro-active by working with the Big Ten and the networks to suggest it would rather practice safety by kicking off earlier.
Saturday's 4:30 kick against Michigan is just about right.