No mask mandates at Penn State football games this fall – and the why behind it is the intriguing question

September 3 – Beaver Stadium at Penn State University holds more than 100,000 people – it’s the second or third largest in the country.

Everyone is anxious for Penn State football to begin again.

Interestingly, there isn’t a single restriction being placed on fans attending the games – no masks, no vaccines, nothing.

In fact, there is no vaccine mandates for students, staff or faculty, either. Some professors have threatened to not return to teach this fall without the vaccine mandate.

A few in the administration at Penn State are suggesting Jake Corman, President pro tempore of the PA Senate, made some veiled threats that if Penn State imposed mandates, the state would cut off their state funding this year, which is hundreds of millions of dollars.

Could that be why it’s like the pandemic never happened at Penn State? It’s all about money?

Attorney Clint Barkdoll, Pat Ryan and Michele Jansen discussed Penn State recently during the Big Talk on First News.  

Barkdoll said, “I think they could have made some restrictions, such as half capacity…but they’re just saying let her go. Anything goes. It’ll be interesting to see how this unfolds over the next few weeks. They did say all of this is subject to review and change.”

“Wow,” Ryan said. “If that isn’t just the definition of you have been played, here it is.”

Jansen wondered, “Where are principles? Either we’re lying about the real danger of this or you have zero principles and as long as we get money either from the football fans or the state government, we don’t really care about your health.”

Ryan said, “You are being lied to. If you really cared in the education category, they’d be out there with torches and pitchforks.”

Jansen added, “They’d be willing to forego the money for the safety of the students, but they’re not.”

Ryan said, “They are not. You’re being lied to. You’re being played.”

Jansen said, “Or withdraw from these people that are hypocrites. They’re such hypocrites. Don’t give them any more money. Don’t give them your business if they’re going to be this much of hypocrites.”

Ryan said, “After hearing that story, I’m still shaking my head. I’m physically shaking, thinking you’re the ones that wagged the finger at us and now because it’s money, because it’s football, because it’s power it’s okay for you to do that after you’ve scolded everybody and lectured everybody. What a surprise a bunch of freaking lecturers lecturing people to put your mask on and get your damn shot, but not for football. It’s asinine.”

This controversy started a few weeks ago when a number of people wondered why Penn State wasn’t requiring vaccines for their almost 70,000 students, faculty and staff.

Barkdoll suggested, “My guess is and they’re not going to come out and admit to this, but you can almost envision the discussions in administration and among their board, if we impose these mandates, we’re going to lose $300 – $400 million of state funding, if that is in fact what was communicated to them through the General Assembly, maybe even through Senator Corman’s office, it’s a really odd situation.”

There are some mask mandates at Penn State inside buildings, but nothing else as of now.

So in a few weeks, there will be possibly more than 100,000 people for a lot of weekends in the fall gathered together with no restrictions at all.

Jansen said, “Let me give the legislature a little shade here. They didn’t hide the fact – they weren’t hiding the fact they were going to restrict money if they were going to do mandates because the legislature led by the GOP feels very strongly about personal freedom and about not mandating these things. They were clear, yeah we’re going to withhold some money if they insist on mandates. So I don’t think they’re doing that underhandedly. They’re being transparent. So it’s up to the university then to decide. Do we really believe this that much that we’ll give up on that money or no. We want the money.”

“No,” Ryan said, “They don’t believe it at all. The whole lie. And they don’t care. It’s a textbook example for you mask hysteri-acs and you’ve got to have the jab or you better get the test.”

Jansen said, “Penn State doesn’t need that money. They have plenty of money coming in from their alumni. I don’t know why we give them that money every year. Our students, their lives aren’t worth losing that money.”