University of Nebraska at Lincoln Police Chief Owen Yardley said each week he touches base with the opposing team’s police departments to help plan and ensure the safety of the players, coaches, and fans. It has been more present this year, with Nebraska traveling to some Big Ten stadiums for the first time.
But as some Penn St. students react violently to the firing of Joe Paterno, there is a concern about whether this will be a routine road trip.
“This one, because of what's happened in the last few days, has a few more twists with it. That's why we'll have to stay in touch with them probably up until game time. Because of what's going on right now might not be what's going on as we get closer to the game,” Owen Yardley said.
Athletic Director Tom Osborne thought that maybe Nebraska fans shouldn’t wear red.
“I just don't know if it's a good idea in this case to stand out. But I am pretty sure, 99 percent sure that this is going be pretty much like a normal game,” Osborne said.
This Saturday Penn St. wants a “Blue Out”. Yardley says although people not wearing blue will stand out, he doesn’t see that as a big problem.
That being said, U.N.L. Police are sending a few extra officers as a precaution.