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Penn State sports fans flock to Coaches Caravan events

Penn State fans fill Edison ballroom of the Edison Hotel in New York City Wednesday to hear Penn State coaches James Franklin, Russ Rose, Patrick Chambers, and Cael Sanderson on the 2015 Coaches Caravan.
Penn State fans fill Edison ballroom of the Edison Hotel in New York City Wednesday to hear Penn State coaches James Franklin, Russ Rose, Patrick Chambers, and Cael Sanderson on the 2015 Coaches Caravan. For the CDT

Penn State coaches have been on the road lately, making stops in multiple states.

The Coaches Caravan resumed its tour Tuesday after six stops last week. Football coach James Franklin was joined by three more head coaches — women’s volleyball’s Russ Rose, wrestling’s Cael Sanderson and men’s basketball’s Patrick Chambers — this week.

Each stop gives fans a chance to meet the coaches during receptions. Franklin plans to talk about his first season, preparations for 2015 and his vision for the program. Assistant football coaches Josh Gattis, Sean Spencer and Ricky Rahne also attended caravan stops this week.

Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Sandy Barbour is scheduled to attend each event to discuss the past year’s academic and athletic achievements and to detail her goals for the program.

During this week’s tour stops, Barbour announced the creation of a Nittany Lion Fan Council, a 25-person committee to provide input on the fan experience at Penn State sporting events. The group will meet quarterly in State College and have discussions about game day experience, communications, facilities, sales and ticketing, and redemption and retention.

The fan council members will serve one-year terms, with the first meeting in July. Fans can apply to be members through gopsusports.com.

The caravan rolled out for a lunch event Tuesday in Philadelphia, visited New York and New Jersey on Wednesday and will conclude Thursday with stops in the Lehigh Valley and Wilkes-Barre.

About 1,300 Penn State fans attended the first week of the caravan and about 1,400 are registered for this week. Advance registration is required for each stop.

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