Some weren't sure there'd be a football game between Penn State and Nebraska today. Would they cancel out of shame, respect, fear? The answer is no, that the game will go on, unless something shocking happens between now and kickoff.
And, at least one person has tried to derail those plans. A bomb threat has been called in to Beaver Stadium. Police have already inspected the claim and found nothing. Having been to a college football stadium for an event that had a bomb threat called in, it's some scary, scary shit, and whoever called it in deserves a thorough ass-kicking followed by some jail time. As if anyone needed all for chaos in State College right now. The past week has seen plenty.
Bradley in the Spotlight
The football regime will look unlike it has in all our lifetimes. Joe Paterno won't be on the sideline or in the protective bubble. Mike McQueary has been placed on paid leave. A significant piece of Joe's crew will be the man in charge this afternoon and presumably for the remainder of the season. For the first time ever, those who don't follow Penn State and college football intently will have to google "Penn State head coach" if they want to know who will be in charge (it's Tom Bradley if you fall into that category).
Arrington by Candlelight
Last night, a candlelight vigil was held for the victims of Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse (great pic here). Lavar Arrington, one of the best linebackers to play at Linebacker U, delivered this speech. Definitely worth a listen. That and more from State College below.
John Clark says a plane is flying a banner overhead that reads "Joe is so dirty he needs a shower." Really? That's the best you could come up with to express that sentiment?
Jeff McLane says PSU linebacker coach Ron Vanderlinden was crying as he entered the stadium.
Darren Rovell says Penn State has removed the names of sponsors from its web site. At least six pulled ads from today's telecast as of yesterday.
Twitter's spilling over with updates like the ones above, with tons of local and national media giving firsthand accounts from the parking lots and Beaver Stadium. At noon, there'll actually even be a football game played between the Nittany Lions and the Cornhuskers. The degree to which the coverage will shift to the field remains to be seen.
The Sixers are losing a top assistant coach just five months after he joined the team.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical, the Houston Rockets are finalizing a deal to hire Mike D'Antoni as their head coach. According to Wojnarowski, the deal is for four years, with a team option in the final year.
D'Antoni had been a Sixers associate coach since last December, when the team hired him after starting the season with a 1-26 record.
While he took a supporting role in Philadelphia, D'Antoni has 12 years of NBA head coaching experience with the Nuggets, Suns and, most recently, the Lakers. The 2013-14 Lakers went 27-55 under D'Antoni.
Earlier in the week, Wojnarowski reported P.J. Carlesimo could take D'Antoni's place.
Carlesimo, 66, and Sixers head coach Brett Brown were both assistant coaches under Gregg Popovich with the Spurs from 2002-07. Carlesimo also has previous head coaching experience with the Blazers, Warriors and Sonics/Thunder.
Former Prep Charter and current Washington Wizards star Markieff Morris was detained at Philadelphia International Airport Thursday, according to law enforcement officials.
Morris, who was with a party that included his mother, checked a bag for an international trip when “a suspicious item” was found in his suitcase, according to law enforcement.
A secondary search of his bag revealed what law enforcement officials called “suspected marijuana.” Terminal A at Philadelphia International is overseen by Tinicum Township Police in Delaware County, not by the Philadelphia Police Department. Philadelphia airport security notified Tinicum Township Police. Morris was then taken to the Tinicum Township Police precinct for questioning. He was later released on his own reconnaissance.
A Tinicum Township police spokesman said the investigation is on-going.
Morris, a Philadelphia native, is in his first full season with the Wizards, who acquired him from the Phoenix Suns in February. The Suns drafted him out of Kansas with the 13th overall pick in 2011. Morris' twin brother Marcus was drafted one pick later by the Houston Rockets before being dealt to Phoenix, where played with his brother for a little more than two seasons. Marcus now plays for the Detroit Pistons.
Brian Dawkins, one of the most beloved Eagles off all time and a guy who clearly still hits the gym, was in Philadelphia on Thursday and was spotted at the NovaCare Complex to watch the team practice.
As you can see, Dawkins still has biceps as big as your waist. The team sharing a simple photo of Dawkins got fans all in a tizzy.
Was it a coincidence that Weapon X appeared just days before "X-Men: Apocalypse" is set to hit theaters? Only he knows.
For his part, Dawkins acknowledged that it's better to stay in shape than become a fat old man.