Some PR guy might have just lost his job.
Illinois sent an e-blast to promote its game next Thursday against Penn State with a Valentine’s Day theme (below).
Illinois, who is coming off a 20-point victory over Purdue, should have considered recent events before choosing this image for a Valentine promo. In the picture, Illinois head coach John Groce hugs his shirtless son, and the words “No matter who’s your Valentine Surprise Them With Tickets To The Game,” run at the top of the promo.
Penn State has been devastated by the sexual assault of children by former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky and the coverup that ensued.
We’re sure this was just a mistake by Illinois but next time, the PR department should run something like this by a couple people before sending it out.