Guest Post: The 'Proud To Be A Penn Stater' Call to Action

Guest Post: The 'Proud To Be A Penn Stater' Call to Action

The following is a guest post from Level reader Vince Pierri. It brings an important message and an opportunity to set aside anger, disagreements, and any other divisive forces that have come as a result of the scandal at Penn State. This is a call to action to support victims of sexual abuse and prevent more children from being harmed. These are Vince's words:

It's been a rough few days for everyone who has been following or in any way involved in the incidents at Penn State. The actions that seem to have taken place are absolutely horrifying. I'm not writing this to cast judgement or blame, there's been plenty of that already. I'm sure we'll hear more gruesome details about what exactly happened and what some members of the Penn State administration knew. As a Penn State alum and a father, it's been particularly difficult, emotionally. As a father, I'm horrified to think that people could do such things to children. As a Penn State fan, I'm shocked that such a thing could have occurred at my school. 

I've always had a lot of pride in Penn State and, honestly, a lot of it has to do with the football program. They always seemed to do everything "the right way." I don't think my pride will ever really leave. Penn State is much bigger than the faculty, the football team, or even the current students. I felt that yesterday when I saw a link on a friend's Facebook page. It was called Proud to Be a Penn Stater. I clicked and was glad at what I found.

A grassroots Penn State alumni group (one not affiliated with the University or the Alumni Association) decided they're tired of seeing the focus on the football team and coaches. The real issue so many people seemed to have missed or quickly moved on from is the victims and the horrible crimes committed against them.

Working with RAINN, a charity aimed at helping victims of sexual abuse, the goal is to raise $500,000, which amounts to about $1 for every Penn State alumnus. As of noon today, they've raised almost $100,000. Hopefully, people will see this as a chance to help in some small way.

Most Penn Staters are good people, despite the acts of a few bad ones, and we have a chance to show how well we can band together as a positive force.

Thanks to Vince for sharing this guest post. You can find him on Twitter @vincepierri. Follow Proud To Be A Penn Stater @ProudPennStater.

Yeah, Joel Embiid is healthy

Yeah, Joel Embiid is healthy

Have any doubts about Joel Embiid's health?

Well take a look at this. 

Working on rips into quick spins with the brodie @joelembiid! #100skills100days #unseenhours @adidashoops

A video posted by Drew Hanlen (@drewhanlen) on

How about now?

Of course, this isn't live NBA action, and it is against 5-11 Drew Hanlen, a skills coach and consultant, but it's impressive nonetheless.

 

Charles Barkley: Sixers can be 'really good, really quickly'

Charles Barkley: Sixers can be 'really good, really quickly'

Charles Barkley is jumping on the Sixers bandwagon.

"I think the Sixers gonna get really good, really quickly, but it all depends on (Joel) Embiid," Barkley said. "They're not gonna win a championship the next couple years, but I think they can really become a perrenial playoff team in the next three years."

Sounds good, right? Not so fast. There are a lot of "ifs" according to Barkley. 

Most of those "ifs" ride on the health of center Joel Embiid. If the big man gets healthy, and the Sixers can resolve the "glutton of big guys," Barkley likes the Sixers chances.

"I think the most important thing they need to figure out is if Joel Embiid is going to be healthy. ... I like (Jahlil) Okafor and I like (Nerlens) Noel, but they gotta figure out if Joel Embiid is going to be healthy. 

"I like Ben Simmons, but that team's got a long way to go," Barkley said.

To hear more of Barkley's thoughts on the Sixers' future, watch the full video above. 

 

 

Sources: Eagles to sign former Villanova LB Don Cherry and former Alabama S Nick Perry

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The Associated Press

Sources: Eagles to sign former Villanova LB Don Cherry and former Alabama S Nick Perry

The Eagles have a serious depth problem at linebacker, and they're looking at a local prospect to try to fix it. 

The team will sign former Villanova linebacker Don Cherry on Sunday, pending a physical, a league source told CSNPhilly.com. ESPN's Adam Caplan first reported the deal.

Cherry, 21, first signed with the Bears after going undrafted in the spring, but was cut by Chicago in June. 

The 6-1, 240-pound Cherry was an All-CAA selection as a sophomore, junior and senior. During his time on the Main Line, he was credited with 331 tackles, 46 1/2 tackles for loss, 14 sacks, seven forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and an interception. 

Even with Cherry, the Eagles are still light in the depth department at linebacker. After starters Mychal Kendricks, Jordan Hicks and Nigel Bradham, the team has Najee Goode, Deontae Skinner, seventh-rounder Joe Walker and a couple of other undrafted free agents. 

After cutting wideout Jonathan Krause on Friday, the Eagles had three vacancies on their 90-man roster. They're filling another of those openings with former Alabama safety Nick Perry, according to a league source. The perry deal was first reported by Al.com's Matt Zenitz. The 6-1, 211-pound Perry spent last season on the Ravens' practice squad after going undrafted in 2015. 

Eagles training camp kicks off Monday, and the first full-team practice is Thursday.