How in the World is Mike McQueary Still Coaching for Penn State?

How in the World is Mike McQueary Still Coaching for Penn State?

I don't plan to weigh in much on Joe Paterno at this point. The university did what needed to be done by firing Joe, no matter how you feel about his role in this scandal, so let's just leave it at that. Instead, let's take this in another direction for a moment.

How the hell is Joe Paterno fired, and Mike McQueary still on the staff?

For those of you who don't know, McQueary is the now-infamous "graduate assistant" who witnessed the Jerry Sandusky incident from 2002 -- the one that Paterno is taking such grief from everybody for "not doing more." Yet while Paterno is being dishonored and shamed into retirement, wide receivers coach Mike McQueary is still with the team.

What the...?

The decision by the Board of Trustees not to remove every involved party from the sidelines this Saturday is confusing, especially when you consider McQueary is one of the staff's most visible members. He can be seen on TV throughout the course of the game, relaying plays into the offensive huddle, or emphatically instructing players.

To reiterate: McQueary saw what happened. Instead of going to the police, he told his father, who in turn instructed Mike go to Joe. You might be able to understand why a shocked McQueary was conflicted on what to do next, and why the first step he took was to inform his superior.

But why didn't HE follow up? Everybody wants to know why a then 75-year-old man didn't do more, why that 75-year-old man couldn't take a second-hand account and save more children from abuse. Well what about the man who actually saw it happen, the person who could actually give testimony to what took place in that shower?

How has McQueary lived with this visual for nearly a decade?

And how does McQueary get to continue coaching this Saturday? He not only could have done "more" -- he could have done THE MOST.

I can't be any more clear about this: the man who witnessed this sick crime and kept quiet is, for the time being at least, still on this coaching staff. The reality is, if Penn State needs to clean up its football program, Mike McQueary should've been the first guy to go.

Nerlens Noel on Sixers' frontcourt logjam: 'I don't see a way it can work'

Nerlens Noel on Sixers' frontcourt logjam: 'I don't see a way it can work'

CAMDEN, N.J. — Nerlens Noel is standing his ground.

After saying that the Sixers' entering the season with three starting-caliber centers (himself, Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid) "doesn't make sense," Noel didn't back down from his stance during the team's annual media day.  

"I don't see a way it can work," Noel said Monday. "It's just a logjam. You have three young, talented centers that can play 30-plus minutes a night." 

The Sixers attempted to play with two bigs in Noel and Okafor last season but had little success. Now that Embiid is finally healthy, the fit to the puzzle doesn't figure to get any better.

Reports swirled during the offseason that the Sixers were looking to trade either Noel or Okafor to add backcourt help to the woeful franchise, but nothing came to fruition.

"Things need to get situated," Noel said. "I think things obviously need to be moved around, someone needs to be moved around. It's just a tough situation. I can't really say too much because I have no say in the matter, so obviously that's for who can handle the situation in the right manner.

"I've gone through a whole lot. Probably the most, arguably, that any player has gone through in the NBA in losing. It's a tough situation to still be in. Year by year, to see things get more difficult to show your value. Year by year, it's always been something. It's really at a point where it's just a lot."

Bryan Colangelo said he understands Noel's viewpoint. However, the Sixers' president said he is in no rush to trade any of the centers and will wait the situation out.

"It’s not disappointing. It’s understandable," Colangelo said. "I think Nerlens actually did a pretty good job sizing up what we have, which is a lot of depth and a lot of talent at that position."

Despite each of the three centers being early in their career, Noel, who is in the final year of his rookie contract, doesn't want to hold off to see if the trio can actually mesh on the floor.

"I can't say I do really understand that (wait-and-see approach)," Noel said. "If you have a group of players, I just don't think it makes too much sense to just still come into the season with such a heavy lineup at the center position. I don't know what there is to wait and see."

Noel made sure to express that he has no issues with Okafor and Embiid and said they are some of his closest friends on the team. But when asked whether he was happy to be a Sixer, Noel deflected.

"I feel good," he said. "I'm all right, I'm in a good place right now."

Sure sounds like it.

Darren Sproles' TD from Wentz set to Sonic the Hedgehog music

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Darren Sproles' TD from Wentz set to Sonic the Hedgehog music

You may fondly remember the time Darren Sproles took a punt return to the house last season and a wonderful Twitter user set the video to the Super Mario Bros.' star music, yes?

It was great.

Now that Sproles' put on the jets again yesterday in the Eagles win over the Steelers, the same @pacdude on Twitter has done it again.

This time it's the theme music from Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Please enjoy.