Your Thursday Morning Roundup
816 career college wins. 481 Division I wins. Five appearances in the Elite 8. One national championship. One legendary coach.
Legendary Villanova head coach Rollie Massimino passed away at the age of 82 yesterday at his home in Florida. He had been battling lung cancer for several years.
He was the head coach at Stony Brook and worked as an assistant under Chuck Daly at Penn before spending 19 seasons on the Main Line. He then coached UNLV, Cleveland State, and NAIA’s Keiser University up until his death.
He built Nova’s program on family, and even after he left the school, he was still welcomed with open arms.
Current Wildcats head coach Jay Wright was an assistant under Massimino at Villanova and UNLV, and his former boss was a big influence in his life.
“Obviously, it’s a really sad day here. To the people at Villanova, ‘coach Mass’ was bigger than life. You just thought that if anybody was going to beat cancer and never die, you just thought it was going to be coach Mass,” Wright said. “He loved his players and his staff like his family. That’s what he lived for. That’s what he loved and he did it right to the end.”
Rollie was also at Nova’s latest National Championship win in 2016. A few seconds after Kris Jenkins hit his clutch shot, the first reaction shot went right to Massimino:
Huge respect to Patrick Ewing and Georgetown for their thoughts and prayers to the Villanova community:
Coach Patrick Ewing's statement on the passing of Rollie Massimino: pic.twitter.com/frSrF39LbJ
— Georgetown Hoops (@GeorgetownHoops) August 30, 2017
They don’t make ’em like Rollie Massimino anymore. And it was wonderful to see him celebrated in his final years in the game. Massimino was the acclaimed coach emeritus at the 2016 Final Four when Villanova and Wright won the national championship. Last season Massimino notched his 800th victory as a head coach and was named a finalist for the Basketball Hall of Fame. This week he died as he lived, as a head coach, a basketball lifer.
Moving on, the Eagles cut cornerbacks Ron Brooks and Mitchell White and signed depth linebackers Carlos Fields and Christian Tago. The team saves $750,000 in salary cap money by cutting Brooks.
Looks like Sidney Jones’s Achilles is healing up well, according to Torrey Smith’s Instagram story:
Jon Dorenbos is now doing magic with the Saints and Howie should have never traded him.
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) August 30, 2017
“She thought football was like soccer,” [Jack Edelstein] said. “She asked, `What are your colors? ‘ I said, ‘Green and silver.’ She said, `Those are my favorite colors.’ ”
Edelstein promised to send her some T-shirts. The Eagles acted quickly, gathering a package of workout shorts, golf shirts, and caps adorned with Eagles logos to send her.
“We also sent her a beautiful Eagles jacket, made for her. It was Leonard Tose’s idea. He never went second-class,” Edelstein said of the then-team owner. “She sent me a very nice note, how she’d been wearing them around.”
About a decade later, in January 1991, Diana was spotted wearing a Kelly green varsity-style jacket outside London’s Wetherby Prep School.
Princess Diana sporting her Philadelphia Eagles jacket. It is said she had the Jacket custom made because she liked their team colors. pic.twitter.com/a6YlSv0Ybd
— 𝙃𝙚𝙡𝙢𝙚𝙩 𝘼𝙙𝙙𝙞𝙘𝙩 (@HelmetAddict) March 3, 2017
Eagles-Jets is tonight at 7. Get ready for some awful football.
Meanwhile, vintage Big Piece was on display in Albuquerque:
— Albuquerque Isotopes (@ABQTopes) August 31, 2017
The Sixers signed James Michael McAdoo and James Blackmon to separate deals. Blackmon was on the team’s summer league teams this year.
RADIO WARS: 97.5 The Fanatic’s Program Director Matt Nahigian is out, along with a general sales manager.
Can confirm that Matt Nahigian is out, but a VP of sales wasn’t let go— it was a manager as part of restructuring. No format flip coming. https://t.co/7DRDIVkiXI
— Crossing Broad (@CrossingBroad) August 30, 2017
Yesterday was the Soul’s championship “parade.” This also happened:
"Philly has become the new Titletown." – something just said in Philly not ironically pic.twitter.com/JyLEf6lRX2
— Dan Levy (@DanLevyThinks) August 30, 2017
The Wings might be coming back?
BREAKING: Sources tell me NLL expected to announce return to Philly & potential expansion to Miami as well as Edmonton &/or Halifax in 18/19
— Ian Duffy (@Duffy__Ian) August 30, 2017
In other sports news, the Cleveland Browns released Joe Haden. Eagles fans wanted him, but he signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers for three years.
In conjunction with finalizing the trade involving Kyrie Irving, Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and a 2018 1st round pick the Celtics acquired via Brooklyn, the Celtics and Cavaliers have agreed to modify the terms of the trade such that Boston will also send Miami’s 2020 2nd round pick to Cleveland. The trade is now complete.
Executive 2: “From our end, it never got down to (going to the owner). To me, the protests, all that, it wasn’t even a factor for us. It was the ability to fit within our offense. He doesn’t throw the ball great, he’s more of an on-the-move, zone-read type of quarterback. He needs to be in a specific system. For us, it was a system thing. What he does well is totally outside what most teams do. And so here’s my question: I understand the Kaepernick deal, why it’s news, but nobody’s talking about RG3? I know since it’s Kaepernick, it’s what sells, but the problem that RG3 has getting a job is the same as Kaepernick for a lot of teams.”