GLEN ALLEN, VA (WWBT) - For a program with such a rich history, Penn State's motto in 2012 is to move forward. The man leading that charge spent his morning in Central Virginia.
The new head coach of the Nittany Lions football team, Bill O'Brien, met hundreds of the Nittany nation at the Richmond Marriott West in Glen Allen. It was part of an 18 city unprecedented caravan for PSU athletics. The goal for the school is to introduce fans to its first new football coach a half century. But it's also to help the PSU family recover from last fall.
Penn State was rocked by an investigation into former assistant Jerry Sandusky on child sex abuse, and then the subsequent dismissal and death of legendary head coach Joe Paterno.
While the goal is to move forward, O'Brien says he's trying to keep almost all of the traditions that Paterno built. But, he says, he has to coach his way.
And while the rest of the world may still be hung up on the travesties that have been alleged to happen in State College, O'Brien says most of the questions he's received on the trip have been about football.
And that's what he's looking for - a chance to help the Nittany nation move forward, and look forward to football season, instead of dreading it.
Penn State announced Wednesday it's giving more than $1.1 million in football bowl revenues to its new center for child abuse research and treatment.