Laws of Averages: Eagles 'should blow out' Seahawks

Laws of Averages: Eagles 'should blow out' Seahawks

Stop. No, really. Just stop.

One of the most frustrating aspects of this Eagles' debacle, or season as it were -- and there are many frustrating aspects -- is all the chatter. From Jason Avant's "Don't jump on the bandwagon," to Vince Young's... well, you know... to the weekly proclamation the Eagles were in fact the better football team after yet another awful loss, the locker room has done enough chirping for the entire NFC East this year, let alone one team.

The worst part is, being 4-7, and for all intents and purposes out of post-season contention, hasn't perturbed these guys from running their mouths. This time it's backup defensive tackle Trevor Laws, who thinks Thursday night's cross-country trip to Seattle to play the Seahawks on a short week is a game he could fairly describe as "easily winnable."

"That's just how I feel."

It's not necessarily the feeling it part we have a problem with, Trevor. It's the sharing it. Although, what exactly makes you feel that way?

"Watching the film..."

Really? Not your own film, obviously.

You see, you guys have not backed up your talk all season. There were a lot of games that were "easily winnable" this season, such as the five losses where the defense blew a fourth-quarter lead. There were even teams the Eagles "should blow out," for instance the Arizona Cardinals, who came to town with their backup quarterback and flat out stole a 21-17 win.

You're going to a notoriously difficult place to play on the road, coming off an absolute beatdown in your own building no less, and you want to talk about a blowout NOW? Are you serious?

What's it gonna take to humble this team?

Clearly it's not being so far behind the pack, they're in danger of being lapped. What a mess.

>> Laws: Eagles 'should blow out' Seahawks [CSN]

Drexel falls to James Madison in potential CAA Tournament preview

Drexel falls to James Madison in potential CAA Tournament preview

BOX SCORE

Jackson Kent and Tom Vodanovich combined to score 31 points and James Madison held off Drexel late to secure a 70-64 victory Thursday night.

The game could be a preview of a first-round match-up in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament. With one game left in the regular season, James Madison (9-21, 7-10) is the No. 7 seed and Drexel (9-21, 3-14) has locked up the No. 10 seed. Those seeds meet in the first round, with the winner facing the No. 2 seed in the second round.

Sammy Mojica hit a 3-pointer with :32 left to get the Dragons within four, 66-62, but Shakir Brown and Joey McLean each hit a pair of free throws to seal the victory.

Kent hit 6 of 11 from the floor and tallied 16 points with eight rebounds to lead the Dukes. Vodanovich added 15 points.

Kurk Lee and Mojica both scored 18 points off the Dragons' bench.

Conspiracy charge added for 3 former Penn State administrators

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Conspiracy charge added for 3 former Penn State administrators

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A Pennsylvania judge on Thursday allowed prosecutors to add a conspiracy charge against three former Penn State administrators, increasing their possible penalty if convicted of crimes for their handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

Judge John Boccabella granted a request by the attorney general's office to tack on a related conspiracy count to the charges of endangering the welfare of children.

Prosecutors said each felony count carries up to 7 years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

Jury selection is scheduled for March 20 in Harrisburg in the case of former university president Graham Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz and former athletic director Tim Curley.

The defendants sought permission last week from Boccabella for an appeal that could delay the trial. The judge has not ruled on that request.

They argue Boccabella erred when he declined to dismiss the child-welfare charges, arguing the statute of limitations expired, the defendants did not provide direct care for children and they are charged with actions that occurred before the law was revised.

Earlier this month, the judge dismissed charges of failing to properly report suspected abuse, and last year the Superior Court threw out perjury, obstruction and conspiracy charges.

The three administrators fielded a complaint in 2001 from a graduate assistant who said he saw Sandusky, then retired as an assistant football coach, sexually abusing a boy in a team shower.

They did not report the matter to police or child welfare authorities, but did tell Sandusky he could no longer bring children to the campus and they notified his charity for children, The Second Mile.

Sandusky currently is serving a lengthy state prison term after being convicted in 2012 of 45 counts of sexual abuse of 10 boys.

Last week, a new judge appointed to preside over his appeals under the state's Post-Conviction Relief Act scheduled a March 24 hearing at the courthouse near State College to "present and finalize the evidentiary portion" of the hearing.