A Surreal Game Day Has Dawned in State College

A Surreal Game Day Has Dawned in State College

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.

Bomb Threat
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.

Temple Men’s Basketball adds two players to 2016-17 roster

Temple Men’s Basketball adds two players to 2016-17 roster

Temple men’s basketball coach Fran Dunphy announced that the team has added two players to its 2016-17 roster. 

The Owls will announce the two new transfers, junior’s Isaiah Lewis and Steve Leonard, Thursday night at the Liacouras Center at the team’s Cherry and White Night. 

Lewis comes to Temple after playing for Casper College in Wyoming last season, where he averaged 5.5 points and 2.2 assists per game. Before his stint at Casper College, the 6-4 guard also played at Lee Junior College in Texas, and averaged 10.0 points and 4.7 assists per game.

Leonard, a 6-6 guard from Collegeville, Pa., played two seasons at Ursinus College. He averaged 5.6 points over 43 games during his career at Ursinus. 

Brett Brown: Sixers' Nik Stauskas set for 'breakout year'

Brett Brown: Sixers' Nik Stauskas set for 'breakout year'

CAMDEN, N.J. — The irony of Nik Stauskas’ reputation as a three-point shooter is that he doesn’t view himself that way.

Stauskas was drafted eighth overall by the Kings in 2014 after shooting 44.1 percent from three over two years at Michigan. But that’s not how he envisioned himself being in the pros.

“It’s crazy,” Stauskas said after practice Thursday. “I know I was a great shooter coming out of Michigan, but I don’t consider myself a shooter. I consider myself a gamer. I don’t think I’m an effective NBA player when I just stand and spot up and shoot threes. That’s really not my game.”

Stauskas has struggled to find offensive consistency in the NBA. The third-year two-guard averaged 32.4 percent from long range in his first two seasons. He wasn’t reliable as a knockdown shooter and bounced in and out of the starting lineup last season.

Rather than being a finesse player, Brett Brown encouraged Stauskas to get aggressive. Brown wanted to a see an edge from Stauskas and not hold back at the basket.

Stauskas displayed that side to his game on opening night against the Thunder. In 23 minutes off the bench, he scored 13 points on 5-for-6 shooting. His only miss came on a three-point attempt. His 83.3 shooting percentage was a single-game career high.

“He was cocky,” Brown said. “He was in attack mode. He was not afraid to put it to the floor and get to the rim. I feel like he’s got a real chance to have a breakout year. We need him to have a breakout year.”

The Sixers picked up the options on Stauskas, Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor on Thursday.

“I think the statement the club made on his contract lets him probably have a little bit more comfort on what we think of him,” Brown said. “I was really happy with his swagger last night.”

Stauskas is figuring out his role on the Sixers this season. It is one that can change often given injuries. A key to being successful, whether he is on the perimeter or at the rim, is feeling confident and in a rhythm on the floor.

“I had fun out there,” Stauskas said. “More than anything, I think yesterday was the first time in a while that I’ve really enjoyed myself out there and had a smile on my face.”