The 2020 Penn State Football season is officially over. Following the Nittany Lions’ 56-21 victory over Illinois on Saturday night, the program made the decision to withdraw from the bowling game considerations. The program announced the decision on social media on Saturday evening. The Nittany Lions will end the season with a 4-5 record after starting 0-5 on the season.
The discussion and final decision was led by the Nittany Lions captains and the board of directors who discussed whether to play in a bowling match with their teammates after the win over Illinois. In the end, the players chose to end the season and go home and spend time with loved ones for the holidays.
Part of head coach James Franklin’s quote in the ad reads;
“As you know, we rely on our captains and our board of directors to give our team a voice, and our student-athletes have made the difficult choice not to participate in a bowl this year in order to spend time with their relatives. We fully support their decision, knowing that it has been several months since our student-athletes have been able to spend time with their families and the challenges they have endured, both physically and mentally. It will be an opportunity for our guys to go home, to see some family and to recharge their batteries for the spring semester.
The Nittany Lions will return in January and start preparing for the 2021 season, but will face many of the same COVID-19 challenges they faced in the 2020 season. That being said, they have done so with a lot. of success this season and were one of only two Big Ten programs to play all nine games in 2020, joining Rutgers who finished their own season Friday night.
For the rest of us, it’ll be a waiting game until the next time we can all come together and watch Penn State football next fall. Hopefully there will be fans in the stands by then, but until then all we can do is start the countdown… ..
Only 258 days until Penn State Football!