BY Shreg Giano
State College, PA— Rutgers students surprised both Penn State and Rutgers fans alike when they spontaneously decided to chant “Fuck Penn State!” in time with the famous third down cheer during the Rutgers-Penn State clash last year. While the chant was harsh then, it fit into the buzzing environment that Rutgers fans created for that hotly contested matchup. The real surprise has been that a large group of thoughtful and witty students have perpetuated the chant during games against other opponents besides Penn State.
This clever and hilarious trend has not gone unnoticed by Penn State supporters. Junior Ashley Rose told Medium reporters that the chants in Piscataway really dampen the mood in Happy Valley.
“Oh yeah, definitely. Everyone here is so totally upset about it. I mean, this school we all consider irrelevant and beneath us takes the time to shout our name during important moments of their home football games like some jealous little brother desperate for attention. Truly I am devastated. Do I not sound devastated? Cause like, wow, this is so tough to swallow,” stated the junior, in between fits of laughter.
When Penn State head coach James Franklin was made aware of the chant he appeared confused, asking “wait, who did that?” When Franklin was told it was Rutgers, the team he will coach against next week, he said, “Oh, they’re the red team, right? Wow, I knew they sucked at sports but I didn’t know they were so insecure about it that their fans would do something like that. From a guy coaching a program littered with some of the worst violations in NCAA history, I have to tell you, that’s pretty damn pathetic.”
Rutgers sophomore Zach Joseph considers himself to be the hero that lead the charge to keep the chant going during all games. When asked about his process, Joseph gave reporters insight into the mind of a comedic genius.
“Well, Penn State sucks, so I was all like, ‘fuck them!’” Joseph explained to reporters. “And then I was all like, let’s just keep saying fuck Penn State, cause it’s like mad funny and clever and doesn’t come across as cheap, lame humor that only embarrasses other Rutgers students and fans or even the football team itself. Yeah.
“Fuck Penn State, Am I right?”