Ironically, the Eagles turn to former Penn State alum and defensive captain Ollie Ogbu to fill the roster vacancy left by Patterson at defensive tackle.
DT Ollie Ogbu takes down Marcus Thigpen in this Penn State file photo... Ogbu is 6-1, 305, and was acquired by the Indy Colts in 2011 as an undrafted free agent...he played on the practice squad last year for the Colts.
The Eagles traded defensive back D.J. Johnson to the Colts for defensive tackle Ollie Ogbu. Johnson has spent time on several NFL rosters over the last few years, including the New York Giants. The Eagles signed him to their practice squad in December.
The Eagles also announced the signings of wide receiver Anthony "Tiger" Jones and cornerback Kee-ayre Griffin. Both players have local ties. Jones (5-11, 195, Louisville) comes from the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena League, where he played for four seasons. Griffin (5-10, 182) played at Temple. The Eagles gave him a tryout during rookie minicamp in May.
Of course, the spotlight is already on 1st round pick Fletcher Cox, and not Ogbu, to assume the presence on the D-Line once maintained very competently by Patterson. In fact, Ogbu is not even in camp yet, as he awaits the outcome of D.J. Johnson's physical exam in Indianapolis.
Here's a live Twitter feed photo from Jeff McLane of philly.com of Fletcher Cox fielding the inevitable "are you ready to step up?" questions from the media at this morning's camp session...
Meanwhile it's difficult to ignore the NCAA's massive Monday morning bludgeoning of the Penn State football program today...and the concomitant assassination of the Joe Paterno legacy.
As GK Brizer has stated, it's an unpleasant story, and not one we wish to dwell upon. I just want to summarize the terms of the NCAA punishment, and briefly wonder if any of this would even be happening right now if Joe Paterno had taken that Eagles coaching offer so many years ago...
The NCAA ruling wiped away 14 years of coach Joe Paterno's victories and imposed a mountain of fines and penalties, crippling a program whose pedophile assistant coach spent uncounted years molesting children, sometimes on university property.
The sanctions by the governing body of college sports, which capped eight months of turmoil on the central Pennsylvania campus, stopped short of delivering the ''death penalty'' of shutting down the sport. But the NCAA hit Penn State with $60 million in fines, ordered it out of the postseason for four years, and will cap scholarships at 20 below the normal limit for four years. The school also will be on probation for five years.
The Big Ten announced that Penn State would not be allowed to share in the conference's bowl revenue during the NCAA's postseason ban, an estimated loss of about $13 million. And the NCAA reserved the right to add additional penalties. The NCAA fast-tracked penalties rather than go through the usual circuitous series of investigations and hearings. The NCAA said the $60 million is equivalent to the annual gross revenue of the football program. The money must be paid into an endowment for external programs preventing child sexual abuse or assisting victims and may not be used to fund such programs at Penn State.
By vacating 112 Penn State victories from 1998-2011, the sanctions cost Paterno 111 wins. Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden will now hold the top spot in the NCAA record book with 377 major-college (FBS) wins. Eddie Robinson holds the record for Division I-AA (FCS) wins with 408. John Gagliardi has the most wins of any coach in college football history with 484. Paterno, who was fired days after Sandusky was charged, will be credited with 298 wins.
It's no secret among older Eagles fans that Paterno was approached in the '60's and '70's by then-ownership of the Eagles to take the coaching job in Philadelphia. I can't help but wonder how his history and legacy might have unfolded differently if he had taken that NFL job offer. Maybe he would have coached in the NFL for a few years and gone back to Penn State, and the same disastrous hiring of the creep Sandusky would have happened anyway... Maybe he would have coached for 10 years in the NFL and stayed in the league in a scouting or management capacity...We'll never know about that road not taken.
But one thing I know for sure--- Paterno preached doing things the right way, the Penn State way, his entire teaching and coaching career. Paterno's ''Grand Experiment'' was about winning with integrity, graduating players and sending men into the world ready to succeed in life, not just football.
Maybe just for today I'll entertain the fantastic thought that Paterno took that Eagles job long ago, achieved NFL success and legendary respect at the pro level, then went home to Penn State---to serve on their Board of Trustees. If it had played out like that, the creep Sandusky would either have never been hired---or outed a long time ago.
Whoa gotta run.... Just got Horse tip for
3:28 Wyong, Race 5 Horse 3, 'Flying Bay'....NSW.... got half hour to get to Pub..
Catch you for Brekkie if youse is Out
I've only seen Iron Maiden once... will see them again in September... and they are certainly one of the best.
Rush... is another.
Neil Young & Crazy Horse is another... will see them soon with the "Chili Peppers...assured to be amazing.
top 3 is hard to define. I've been to thousands of concerts.
@TheGreatJB99 Had to be there I guess.. I am a Live show freak, but find myself a bit over it these days... Maybe because I am over the drugs too!!
That and a brawl with some guys then Cops... I might be getting to smart/cranky for large crowds of OFF-chops folks
@TheGreatJB99 I moshed barefoot to Tool and Metallica.... I get primal in there...
@beanstalk Ahhhhhhhh.... I've always done well around crowds... its when I'm alone when tings go bad.
If I had to pick a bestest show ever... it wuold be Neil Young & Crazy Horse at Willie Nelsons bday a few years back in Austin. Neil Young is amazing by himself..... but with Crazy Horse... he is triple amazing.!!!!1111!!
We had front row tickets... and mind you this is a crowd of 30,000... and the band cam eout and did a 10 mins jams... then a helicopter flies over... and lands in a field behind the stage... and Neil Y gets out.... walks over... shakes a few hands... and walks right in front of us... up on the stage,.. hugs some guy who then hands him a guitar... and they break out into "Southern Man."
It turned my brain to shit.
@TheGreatJB99 Really? On a smaller stage a couple o years back, I just ate it up.... Had John 5 form Manson playing, and that, with the mind boggling Massive TV screens pumping, was just Sick.... bubblegum...
@beanstalk Have you seen tool?
@TheGreatJB99 @beanstalk I love Tool concerts, always interesting. I remember my first Tool concert,....Maynard was painted chrome-color from head to toe wearing only a black banana sling. He had like 10 inch clogs on his feet. Weirdest shit ever, but boy, they sound awesome live. I go into a trance watching their drummer work.
@TheGreatJB99 thats why they are third... Amazing
@beanstalk I know John 5 is amazing.. no doubt. But the White Zombie shows were better.
My Amish brothers are a wild bunch.
Here is what happens when my when their Moms find their "dirty " magazines hiding under the mattress.
Dont make fun of chimps.
JB... Top 3 Live acts....
in dat order
Honourable mentions to Metalica, Bjork and Basement Jaxx
@beanstalk I love Ramstein... no doubt about it.
Look.... I'm gonna show you tenacious d evil alien squid.... and I hope it doesnt scare any of you to deaf... cause like TGWBWJB99 said... its quite menacing. So if you are scared of evil things... and evil alien squid... I highly suggest you look away... asap. cause like the ring... the video may kilt youse.
Luckily... Jabbles takes him out with some sort of dart gun. Thats the only way TGWBWJB99 is alive today.
Surprisingly, I feel a bit more relaxed about the Car shopping now... But might be close to being over the limit on the test drive...
And make sure if you buy a car, Beans.....................it has this feature.
@dutchrubb Oh... I WOULD not mess with a Chimp... How would I get him back in there?!?! He is prolly on anti-depressants and poised to SNAP
@beanstalk You really need to listen to them until you get to #8........tell me who that one reminds you of.
@dutchrubb That was great cheers!! I am posting in to facebook now...
@beanstalk And the one of the Monkey selling at the dealership.........and try's picking up that chick.......and she says..."Look, I don't care how big your banana is".............Hahahahaha!!!!!
@dutchrubb Oh sweet there is more... I love the Chimp sound effects!! I make them ALL the time in the bedroom
Just think about it... Hayneswef rolling the middle... which solidifies out up the middle D as top 2..... and Mcbriar booming 45 yarders down inside the 10..... and Shianco and Shockey with 7 TD's each.
Bored))) I'm worried about atv. He doesnt understand how terrifying and menacing the evil alien squid at the Tenacious D concert will be. We havent slept since we've seen him. He damn near ate the boff of us. He's not to be treadeded lightly.
Just make sure the salesman at that dealership does not look like this guy.
I can't believe you guys didn't Laugh at my Car dealership.... That was no joke at all, I am going to see that guy...Its about 10mins from where I am. I gotta know if thats his real name, because If I COULD pick my own name at birth...That would have been it
@Dr Funt Death Proof...I swears...
@beanstalk No drinking an driving!
@atvcarYep, that way, I don't cry TOO much from the post inebriated anxiety
@atvcar I want a car cheap enough to do burn outs in and blow up when I chuck a hissy fit...