Mo Walks Away With His Head Held High

Mo Walks Away With His Head Held High

The Sixers held a press conference this morning at which Mo Cheeks talked about being fired as head basketball coach of the team he once led to a championship as a player. We haven't chimed in much here about the decision mostly because we're torn. Cheeks is a class act and the kind of individual you want representing your organization. He was my favorite player growing up even playing alongside the Doc. That said, this team was not clicking and they certainly weren't winning.

Kate Fagan of the Inquirer summarizes Mo's press conference this morning quite well.

Cheeks started by thanking the organization, Ed Stefanski, and the
city for the opportunity to be the head coach in the city in which he
started his playing career. Many times throughout the morning he said
this was his city, he loved this city, and he would be open to working
with the Sixers in a different capacity. Although he said no one has
approached him yet on the topic. Stefanski did say on Saturday that he
would talk to Mo about this after the Holidays.

Cheeks said, "This is a tough situation for me, but it's part of the
business. If you're not winning games, things happen. I can't express
my appreciation as much as I'd like. No one understands the feelings
inside when you get fired." (In such a public forum.)

"I used to say when we had a bad game, 'It's a moment, and it will
pass.' Well this is a moment. I take solace in the fact I did the best
I could. This is not about pointing fingers. I'm not even going to go
into the X's and O's part of it. I'm not going to go into the blame
game. No one that gets fired can come up here and say, 'Look' no one
feels good about it. I would assume the Sixer organization doesn't feel
good about it."

Cheeks will always be remembered more as a player who brought a Championship Parade to this city. Unfortunately, his time as a coach never really had any milestone memories.

I hope Cheeks bounces back and get a job he loves. If that job is a role within the Sixers organization, all the better. The man is a class act in a sports world full of egos.

>>Parting Words [Inquirer]

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

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Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

CHESTER, Pa. — On the eve of his comeback after missing nearly 13 months with a left tibia stress fracture and other related injuries, Union midfielder Maurice Edu fractured his left fibula on Saturday, keeping him out for the 2016 playoffs and beyond.

“I was trying to take the shot on goal and my foot got stuck in the turf,” Edu said Sunday, in his blue Union-issued suit and supported by crutches. “My ankle rolled and twisted and it kind of snapped a little bit. I heard it crack, and a lot of pain from there. I got a scan afterward, and there was a break.”

There's no timetable his return.

Edu, 30, has spent over a calendar year fighting various injuries that have kept him out of game action. His trouble began on Sept. 30, 2015, when he played through the U.S. Open Cup final with a partially torn groin and sports hernia. It was during Edu’s recovery from those injuries that he developed a stress fracture.

"A little bit frustration. A lot of frustration, to be honest," he said. "But all I can do now is get back to work, focus on the positives and make sure that my situation isn’t a distraction from the team."

Edu’s teammates were equally devastated by the news. Edu, the Union captain when healthy, is popular and well-respected in the locker room.

"I feel so bad for him," said Alejandro Bedoya, who wore a dedication to Edu under his jersey on Sunday. "He’s one of my good friends, so I was looking forward to playing alongside him. I know how hard he’s worked to get back, and to see him go out like that, it’s heartbreaking. I’m sad for his loss and I hope he stays strong."

Edu, who has been with the Union since 2014, returned to training in July and played three conditioning appearances with the Union’s USL team, Bethlehem Steel FC. He was on the bench for the Union’s last three games and was set to make his first appearance in over a year against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, a game the Union eventually lost, 2-0 (see game story).

"We’re gutted for Mo," Union manager Jim Curtin said. "He was slated to start today. It’s real upsetting because he’s worked so hard to get back on the field. It’s been a tough 2016 for him, but I know he’ll come back stronger."

While he was visibly shaken by recent injury, Edu is driven to return.

"What happened, happened," Edu said. "I have no control over that. The only thing I do have control over is my next steps from here, how I prepare myself mentally and emotionally and how I continue to support this group."

Eagles bring back Taylor Hart after stint with Chip Kelly

Eagles bring back Taylor Hart after stint with Chip Kelly

The Eagles have brought back a familiar face to take Ron Brooks' roster spot.

On Monday, the team claimed defensive tackle Taylor Hart off waivers from San Francisco. Hart was just waived on Saturday by the 49ers, who claimed him after the Eagles waived him at final cuts.

So, Hart is coming back to Philly after a stint with Chip Kelly in San Francisco.

Hart, 25, played in one game for the 49ers this year. The Eagles are light at defensive tackle thanks to Bennie Logan's groin injury. While head coach Doug Pederson on Monday said Logan was getting better, the Eagles still brought in more depth by claiming Hart.

While still with the Eagles, Kelly had a hand in drafting Hart, an Oregon product, in the fifth round of 2014.

Hart worked hard this offseason to learn how to play in Jim Schwartz's aggressive 4-3 defense, which is very unlike the ones he had played in during college and in the NFL.

Brooks has been placed on IR after rupturing a quad tendon during Sunday's game against the Vikings. He'll have surgery this week.

In addition to adding Hart to the active roster, the Eagles also added cornerback Aaron Grymes to their practice squad.

Grymes, 25, was having an impressive training camp and preseason with the Eagles before injuring his right shoulder. He was waived shortly after that.

After coming out of the University of Idaho in 2013, Grymes didn't make an NFL team so he went to Canada. He ended up as a starter and All-Star on the Edmonton Eskimos and won a Grey Cup in 2015.

To make room for Grymes, the Eagles cut OL Matt Rotheram from the practice squad.