Board of Trustees: Joe Paterno Officially Out at Penn State

Board of Trustees: Joe Paterno Officially Out at Penn State

Although Joe Paterno released a statement earlier on Wednesday saying that he would retire from his position as head coach of the Penn State football team, the university's Board of Trustees has decided the time for his era to end must come sooner. It must come right now.

Joe Paterno has coached his last game at Penn State. After more than four decades as head coach, Paterno has been fired amidst the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal that continues to devastate the university.

The Board of Trustees met Wednesday night and came to the decision that it was in the university's best interest for Paterno and Penn State President Graham Spanier to immediately leave their respective positions. ABC's Jim Gardner broke the news on twitter tonight that Paterno would not coach another game, and that Spanier had resigned. Gardner reports that assistant coach Tom Bradley will be interim coach.

From the sounds of things, State College could be in for a very long night. Students are arriving in droves to gather outside of Old Main in support of Paterno. We can only hope it remains a peaceful protest, but there is speculation that it could turn ugly.

Update: Various reports state that some rioting has begun, with riot gear-clad police responding using mace to attempt to stop the worst actors in the crowds. A news van has been overturned—picture below—and light poles have been pulled down.

Picture via The Daily Collegian twitter feed, which is a must-follow tonight.

At 1 AM, Police are said to have things under control, although many students remain outside.

Nerlens Noel to undergo minor surgery on left knee

Nerlens Noel to undergo minor surgery on left knee

The Sixers on Friday announced that center Nerlens Noel will undergo a minor surgical procedure on his left knee to address an inflamed plica. 

Noel appeared in the Sixers' first preaseason game, but has been sidelined since Oct. 6 because of a left groin strain. 

While undergoing treatment, Noel reported left knee soreness, which led to the discovery of the inflamed plica.

Noel's status for the season opener on Oct. 26 was already in question, and knee surgery should officially rule him out. There is no timetable for his return.

No surgery for Bayless
The Sixers also announced that Jerryd Bayless' left wrist ligament injury will not require surgery.

Bayless, who has been a limited participant in training camp, will be reevaluated in two weeks.

Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel among Bovada's favorites to be traded this season

Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel among Bovada's favorites to be traded this season

The logam at the center position has dominated talk surrounding the Sixers as they approach the start of the 2016-17 season.

While a trade has yet to be made, Bovada believes there's a good chance two of the team's three young centers won't be in Philadelphia by season's end. 

Bovada released their NBA player props for the upcoming NBA season Tuesday, listing Nerlens Noel (5/7) and Jahlil Okafor (8/5) as two of the league's favorites to be dealt before February's trade deadline. On the other hand, Noel's odds to not be dealt are even, while Okafor's odds to remain a Sixer past this season are 4/9.

Kings swingman Rudy Gay was between Noel and Okafor with the second-best odds to be traded at 5/9. Gay's teammate DeMarcus Cousins had the fourth-best odds at 3/1. 

Bovada's over/under player props featured bets involving six different Sixers. Joel Embiid's rookie stat line was set at 13.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. In five preseason games, Embiid has averaged 11.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in just 14.4 minutes of action. If his limited preseason action is any indication, Embiid could certainly reach Bovada's averages once his minutes restriction comes off. 

Here are the rest of the Sixers' over/under prop bets: 

  • Jahlil Okafor: 15 points, 6.5 rebounds
  • Nerlens Noel: 9.5 points, 7.5 rebounds
  • Gerald Henderson: 10.5 points
  • Robert Covington: 12.5 points
  • Dario Saric: 5.0 rebounds