Temple to the Big East: A Sean Combs Musical Tribute

Temple to the Big East: A Sean Combs Musical Tribute

Well. It happened (finally).
After months of rumors and reports, Temple University is finally on its way back to the Big East. Only this time, rather than just rejoining for football, they'll be coming in as a full, all-sports member.
As has been speculated over the past few weeks, Temple football will immediately exit Mid-American Conference and join the Big East as its eighth football-playing member next season, thus filling the conference's scheduling hole.
As for basketball and the remainder Temple's Olympic sports, they'll spend one more year in the Atlantic 10, before making the switch in the Fall of 2013. Update: Via the Inquirer's Keith Pompey, the Big East is expected to introduce Temple at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at a press conference in New York. Owls AD Bill Bradshaw and head football coach Steve Addazio are expected in attendance.
...more below with further updates on Temple's exit/entry costs...
Previous reports had indicated Temple owed the A-10 a $1 million exit fee if they were to give one year's advance notice of their departure, which they have. As for the MAC, Pompey is tweeting that the university was able to come to a $6 million settlement with the conference. Update 2: Temple University spokesperson Ray Betzner has told the Temple News' Joey Cranney that the Big East will cover all Temple's exit fees. Update 3: CSNPhilly contributor Micheal Bradley writes that the Big East will pay for half of Temple $6 million MAC exit fee and provide a no interest loan to the university for the remaining $3 million. 
And there you have it, six months of rumors, reports and speculation comes to an end.
Should you care to re-live the long and winding road (hey, wait, we might be able to use that!), you can check out conference realignment wrap-up below. 
Also, at some point, I began embedding enough songs at the end of these Big East posts to put a mini-playlist together. So scroll below the archived links and consider what you find "The Official T7L Conference Realignment Playlist," featuring two new additions that bring a fitting end (who are we kidding? -- the conference could still implode at some point) to the saga. We'll let Puff Daddy take it from here:

I'm coming home / I'm coming home / Tell the world I'm coming home / Let the rain wash away / All the pain of yesterday / I know my kingdom awaits / And they've forgiven my mistakes / I'm coming home / I'm coming home / Tell the world I'm coming home...
Back where I belong / I never felt so strong / (I'm back baby) / I feel like there's nothing that I can't try / And if you with me put your hands high / If you ever lost light before / This ones for you / And you / The dreams are for you...

Archives:
>>Temple "Wants In" the Big East
>>Women's Basketball Has the Potential to Save/Doom the Big East
>>Big East Update: Temple In? Not Yet
>>Villanova Blocking Temple from Full Big East Membership? We Outline Realignment Contingencies>>Ed Rendell and Micheal Nutter Write Letters to the Big East in Support of Temple
>>Relax, Temple and Novaheads: Big East Not out of the Woods Just Yet
>>What Big East Expansion Means for Temple and 'Nova
>>The Big East's Addition of Memphis Does Little to Lessen its Volatility
>>Report: Temple to the Big East in 2012 "is Done"
The700Level Conference Realignment Playlist:1. Modest Mouse -- Missed the Boat2. Led Zeppelin -- Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You3. Cheap Trick -- I Want You to Want Me4. Stealers Wheel -- Stuck in the Middle with You5. The Doors -- Light My Fire6. The Beatles -- The Long and Winding Road7. P. Diddy (feat. Sylar Grey) -- Coming Home

Cold can't keep Joel Embiid away from first Sixers practice

Cold can't keep Joel Embiid away from first Sixers practice

STOCKTON, N.J. — Joel Embiid awoke Tuesday morning and was still feeling ill from a cold and virus he has been battling since last Friday. He had been coughing, experiencing a bloody nose and even vomiting, but all those symptoms could not stop him from a day he has been eyeing for over two years: his first NBA practice.

Embiid had stayed back in Philadelphia on Monday night while the Sixers traveled to training camp at Stockton University in South Jersey. On Tuesday, he decided to leave the city and join the team on campus.

“I woke up this morning and I was like, ‘I waited too long for this time, so I’ve got to go and try to do some work in there,’” Embiid said.

Embiid had been sidelined by foot injuries since the Sixers drafted him third overall in 2014. Tuesday marked his first NBA practice, and he is eyeing his first preseason game next Tuesday against the Celtics.

Embiid was not expected to be part of training camp Tuesday because of his illness. He surprised the team when he arrived while practice was underway. The Sixers' medical staff cleared him before he took the court.

“He forced himself into practice today,” head coach Brett Brown said. “He said, ‘I feel good, I want to go.’ With the time that he has put in the last few years, he meant it. You respected that instruction.”

Embiid is following a minutes restriction during training camp, which currently is 25 minutes for the morning session and 20 minutes for the evening session. His previous physical restrictions have been lifted and the team is monitoring him for workload and time on the court.

“I step back and figure out how do I want to spend my money?” Brown said. “If we’ve got X amount of time, where do I feel like he can make the most improvement? Where do I feel like he’s going to have the best chance to get on the court and play minutes, as we expect against the Celtics?”

Tuesday morning’s session focused on the defensive end. While Embiid had trouble breathing at points and tired quickly, he made an effort to give 100 percent on the court. The only lags in Embiid’s game Brown noticed were attributed to his illness, not because of his foot.

“I don’t think he’s missed a beat from a great month of September,” Brown said.

The Sixers sensed the enthusiasm from Embiid. Regardless of his restrictions, his energy was felt among the team.

“When he did get in, he played well,” Ben Simmons said. “He’s a big inside presence. He got a lot of boards and crashed the offensive glass.”

Added Jahlil Okafor: "He’s excited to be here. Obviously, he’s had a couple tough years with his injuries that he couldn’t control. But he’s finally here and he’s taking advantage of that."

The Sixers will hold training camp through Friday at Stockton University. Embiid is looking to push past any symptoms to be on the court as much as he can.

Nerlens Noel's complaints only damage Sixers' trade leverage

Nerlens Noel's complaints only damage Sixers' trade leverage

Silence is golden.

It's a phrase uttered often by parents and teachers. It can also be an effective phrase when dealing with negotiations.

I'm not revealing a big secret by saying the Sixers have a logjam in their frontcourt. At some point, something has to give.

Nerlens Noel, a key component of the aforementioned logjam, doubled down on his quotes from over the weekend about the Sixers' "silly" frontcourt situation.

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

Uh-oh.

Bryan Colangelo acknowledged that teams have been trying to "poach" a big man off him. He's been adamant in saying that he's not shopping any of his bigs. For leverage purposes, that's wise.

Any leverage Colangelo may have accrued through his media tour this summer took a hit. With the health of Joel Embiid still a question mark, it's important that the Sixers take a wait-and-see approach to their situation. Noel may have just put a damper on that plan.

I'm not advocating for the trade of Noel and keeping Jahlil Okafor. In fact, I've said that if Embiid proves he's healthy, I'd move both Noel and Okafor if the value was appropriate.

There can be arguments made for keeping Noel over the other two centers. His athleticism and rim protection skills fit Brett Brown's system and the way the NBA is trending. And it's important to note that Noel isn't wrong. It won't benefit him to take a cut in minutes. It won't help Okafor either. It's not the most pleasant situation to be sure. He has every right to be unhappy, but getting the media involved doesn't benefit Noel or the Sixers.

Anyone in any job should have the right to speak out if they feel they're being slighted, but sometimes you have to "play the game." If Noel were a poker player, he just revealed his hand. He should've shown up, said the right things and allowed Colangelo to negotiate a deal.

The best parallel is what the Eagles and Sam Bradford went through this offseason. Bradford was unhappy the Eagles traded valuable draft picks to acquire Carson Wentz. Understandable, but when he threw his rattle down and sat out part of camp, it helped nobody. The Broncos tried to lowball Howie Roseman, figuring Roseman had no leverage with Bradford's intent to get traded out of town. Roseman stood his ground and the Eagles were able to hold the Vikings hostage when Teddy Bridgewater suffered a season-ending knee injury.

It's not something you hope for by any means, but these things happen. Players get hurt and teams are left scrambling to find a replacement. Take a look at the Chris Bosh situation with the Miami Heat. Bosh, who's had a tremendous career, will likely never play again because of issues with blood clots. The Heat are likely not a match for the Sixers given defensive-minded center Hassan Whiteside's new contract, but the point is that you never know what will happen between now and opening night.

For Bradford, it was resolved just a week before the season started. If Noel follows suit with Bradford, perhaps there will be a similar solution.

"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."

Well, Nerlens, you said too much already.