Getting Back on The Bus
I didn’t expect to be re-joining the Penn State Coaches Caravan this spring. That’s mostly because I didn’t expect there to be another Penn State Coaches Caravan.
Last spring, I rode the bus on the first week of the inaugural caravan, the multi-state bus trek designed primarily to introduce Bill O’Brien to Penn State fans. It was fun but tiring, much more so for O’Brien, who made the three-day trip over three consecutive weeks, speaking to 18 rooms full of eager Nittany Lion fans and shaking more hands than he could ever hope to count. When it was over, I got the impression that O’Brien viewed the trip as well worth the effort—but not something he was in a hurry to do again.
I’m glad I was wrong. Next Tuesday morning, we’ll board the customized Fullington Trailways bus for the first of two caravan legs. O’Brien will once again be the main attraction, and he’ll be joined at various stops by fellow coaches Cael Sanderson, Russ Rose, Coquese Washington, Patrick Chambers, Mark Pavlik, Char Morrett, and Guy Gadowsky, a group with a slew of Big Ten and national championship rings between them. Why is O’Brien once again hitting the road? I think he remembered the energy in those rooms, the loyalty and passion of all those Penn State fans, and signing up for the sequel was a no brainer.
If you’re within driving distance of one of these stops and haven’t signed up—what are you waiting for? You can find all the registration details here. The Penn State Alumni Association and Nittany Lion Club are once again sponsoring the caravan, and I can vouch for how seamlessly my colleagues from the Alumni Association events staff kept things moving last year.
Me? I’ll once again be blogging and tweeting from the road, bringing you exclusive insights from O’Brien and the other coaches on the bus, and sharing highlights from each stop. Hope to see you there.
Ryan Jones, senior editor