Week in Review: Arrington Speaks Out, Basketball Alums in NBA
We have officially reached the summer lull of the NFL offseason. With that being said, there were a few notes that caught my eye this week, some of which have nothing to do with football.
Here’s what happened with your Penn Staters in the NFL this week:
LaVar Arrington Calls for LJ’s Firing
When the whole scandal erupted in the fall, one prominent football alum was particularly vocal in disassociating himself with Dear Old State. This past week, that same former All-Pro linebacker, LaVar Arrington, took to Twitter to answer fan’s questions about his views on the situation. The tweets came during his daily radio show in Washington D.C., so I’m assuming he talked about the situation on-air as well, but I wasn’t able to track down the audio.
One particular tweet stood out, as a fan asked for Arrington’s views on assistant coaches Ron Vanderlinden and Larry Johnson being retained under Bill O’Brien’s regime. LaVar responded by saying that Vanderlinden should be retained, but LJ had to go. The tweet can be seen below.
To see the rest of his tweets on the subject, visit his Twitter page and scroll down to July 2nd.
For reference, Vanderlinden joined the Penn State coaching staff in 2001, while LJ has been there since 1996.
Whether you agree with his opinions or not, at least we always know where Arrington stands.
Talor Battle, Jeff Brooks Playing in NBA Summer League
Realizing that I was running out of Penn State in the NFL news, a pair of Penn State basketball alumni have taken to the court in Las Vegas with the next generation of NBA stars. As reported by StateCollege.com, Talor Battle and Jeff Brooks are currently taking part in the NBA Summer League. Battle is playing with the LA Clippers, while Brooks is joining newly-drafted Brandon Beal & co. with the Washington Wizards. Both Brooks and Battle spent last season playing professional basketball in Europe; Brooks in Italy and Battle in Germany.
Nerraw McCormack Cut from CFL Roughriders
This is actually a bit of old news (June 8th), but former Penn State offensive lineman Nerraw McCormack was cut from the Saskatchewan Roughriders after joining the team back in October. Apparently, McCormack suffered a back injury during training camp and that was the last straw for the ‘Riders.
As you may remember, former Penn State defensive tackle Jay Alford was signed by the ‘Riders a few weeks ago, but was also cut after spending only 5 days with the team.
Oh, and Jack Crawford knows what he’s talking about.