Perlman, Osborne address Penn State issues, game

Penn State University's Beaver Stadium.
Penn State University's Beaver Stadium.

After an emotional week at Penn State University, UNL chancellor Harvey Perlman and athletic director Tom Osborne issued statements responding to concerns about the safety of Huskers players, fans and school officials attending the Nov. 12 football game at State College, Pa.

Perlman said: "Others will pour many issues into this football game. Nebraska's participation in no way condones the conduct that has been alleged or makes a statement about the truth or falsity of the allegations.

"In the end the game is about the student-athletes from both institutions who have worked hard to be in a position to play football on Saturday. I hope all fans will be respectful of the contest between these student-athletes, even as we share in the outrage of what is alleged and the pain suffered by the victims."

Osborne said Athletics has received inquiries about security at Penn State and what fans might expect while attending the game.

"UNL Chief of Police Owen Yardley is in touch with the Penn State police department and we have talked with interim Penn State athletic director Mark Sherburne," Osborne said. "We have visited with Penn State security and we understand they are enhancing their security efforts for Saturday’s game and are taking extra precautions to ensure that all players, coaches and fans are treated in a respectful way.

"We also appreciate that there is a student-led effort at Penn State to respectfully welcome Nebraska fans to Beaver Stadium and into the Big Ten Conference.

"We know that our fans will reciprocate and display good sportsmanship toward Penn State’s fans and players.”

Perlman said UNL Police and administration will continue to monitor the situation closely.

UNL Police said Penn State offers a fan hotline for non-police issues or concerns. The hotline, 1-800-648-8269, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and offers fans help with directions or car trouble, to report behavior issues or get advice.

Other tips from UNL Police:

— Plan ahead: Know where you plan to park, eat, gather.

— Be aware of your surroundings. Be aware of behaviors in your area. If you feel threatened, leave immediately. Call 911 if you observe any threatening activity.

— Bags and backpacks are not allowed in the stadium; travel light.

— Be respectful to their fans and this situation.

Rodney Erickson, Penn State's interim president, issued a statement on Nov. 10, asking the Penn State community to "set an example that will make us all proud." Read his full statement here: