Penn State Asks Sandusky to Renew Season Tickets
School explains it was a mass mailing and will update its mailing list
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 4, 2014 6:31 PM CST
In this June 22, 2012, file photo, former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky arrives at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa.   (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

(Newser) – "Dear Gerald A: Congratulations on being identified as one of the elite college football fans in the nation. You have worked diligently to separate yourself by exhibiting unrivaled tenacity, character, and loyalty." Not a bad way to start your appeal to a season-ticket holder if you're trying to get him to renew—but perhaps Penn State should've checked its mailing list before sending this one out. The letter was sent to the Pennsylvania home of Jerry Sandusky, the college's former assistant football coach and convicted sex offender, KDKA reports. The letter to Sandusky—who of course isn't at his home because he's in prison for about 60 more years—is signed by head football coach James Franklin.

KDKA says it obtained photos of the letter from Joe Ziegler, who runs and says he received the missive from "someone inside the Sandusky household" other than Sandusky's wife. Penn State released a statement about the letter, explaining that a mass mailing went out to about 30,000 people. "Clearly, a mistake was made and our database needs further updating and cross-referencing," says the statement. (NCAA sanctions against Penn State were only recently removed.)