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Penn State Football: Bill O'Brien Visits Campers at Nittanyville

by on October 22, 2012 7:25 PM

Update: 9 p.m., Oct 24

Head coach Bill O'Brien and several members of the Penn State football team visited campers at Nittanyville Wednesday night. O'Brien tried his hand at trash can football, a tradition of Nittanyville, missing on both attempts.

Speaking to the crowd he asked for students and fans to get to the game early, giving their voices for the entire game.



Earlier at 1 a.m., Oct. 23

Nittanyville President Troy Weller confirmed to the crowd outside of Beaver Stadium that the 140 tents, and 1,184 student campers was a new high for the tent city. The previous record was smashed by 29 tents, the camp out prior to the 2007 showdown between Penn State and Notre Dame will now be second on the all-time list.

"I expected a good turnout," Weller said. "But I didn't expect anything like this."

Graduate student Chris Grassi was in attendance for the 2005 camp out prior to the Ohio State game. 

"We didn't keep count the same way, but the crowd tonight is larger for sure," Grassi said.

Campers will continue to fill the increasingly limited space around Gate A, hoping to get a shot at some premium seats for Penn State's highly anticipated game against ninth-ranked Ohio State.

Earlier at 7:25 p.m., Oct. 22

Penn State's student-run tent city is going to need to name separate boroughs after Nittanyville officers announced that 130 groups, representing up to ten students per group, had signed up in the first two minutes of registration Monday night.

Nittanyville, formally Paternoville before the release of the Freeh Report, has become one of the staples of Penn State football: Students camping out eager to catch the action from the first few rows of Beaver Stadium.

Penn State is gearing up to face ninth-ranked Ohio State at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The game marks not only the first meeting between the teams in State College since 2009 but an opportunity to have a signature win in Bill O'Brien's first year as head coach.

Tents are currently scheduled to be pitched at 11:00 p.m. Monday as part of the week-long camp out. Students will still attend class during the week, taking shifts each day.

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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