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Panther Hollow: Sweet Caroline Still Belongs To Pitt (Sort Of)

By Matt Popchock
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PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — Don’t say Penn State never did anything for you, Pitt fans.

Love it or hate it, an extemporaneous rendition of “Sweet Caroline” has become part of the gameday tradition when the Panthers play at Heinz Field.

It will stay that way, thanks to the folks who keep Beaver Stadium going on Saturdays in the fall.

As originally mentioned by CBS Sports “Eye on College Football” blogger Chip Patterson, the song will no longer be played during Penn State home games.

The reason? School officials were wary the lyric “touching me, touching you” would sound insensitive in the wake of the recent on-campus sexual abuse scandal.

Interestingly enough, StateCollege.com reporter Nate Mink contradicts this, saying the gameday crew simply wanted to shake up its playlist for the new season, which kicks off Sept. 1 against Ohio University.

So when Pitt kicks off its 2012 campaign that same day against visiting Youngstown State, patrons can take pride in the fact they remain part of a proud tradition that…well, to be perfectly fair, is neither Pitt’s nor Penn State’s.

Say, Billy, isn’t Bostick a huge Neil Diamond fan?

(Follow me on Twitter @mpopchock.)