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PENN STATE BLUE BAND
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College football season officially begins tonight, and after Penn State made news earlier this week for cutting “Sweet Caroline” from its Beaver Stadium playlist — not because of the “touching me/touching you” lyric, the university’s spokesman insists, but because the song’s overused at other venues and “has no real origination here at Penn State” — we started wondering what music traditions are specific to certain colleges. It could be a song played over the loud-speaker (like “Sweet Caroline”), but even better, make it a tune played by the university’s band at each home game. Go!

As someone who grew up in Happy Valley, I always look forward to Penn State’s Blue Band playing “Hey! Baby” at the end of the third quarter:

And, of course, there’s Ohio State’s “Hang On Sloopy”:

Your turn.

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