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Bradley on his way out?
BallHype: hype it up! Monday, December 17, 2007
This has started gaining steam and it is really going to be a problem if it is true. I pray it is not, but at least we should be informed of the possibility of a Bradley-less Penn State. This was reported by David Jones of the Patriot Times (the same glory whore of a reporter who believed that Joe Paterno's salary was a matter of national security) so I wouldn't put too much into it until it is backed up with other legitimate sources. But at least there is the possibility of this:
Penn State defensive coodinator Tom Bradley has been contacted by an intermediary at West Virginia University regarding the Mountaineers' coaching vacancy, The Patriot-News has learned.
Bradley, who has been a Penn State assistant coach for 29 years and defensive coordinator since 2000, indicated he is interested in talking to West Virginia officials for the job, a source told The Patriot-News.
Bradley did not return two calls made Monday by The Patriot-News.
The Mountaineers are seeking a new coach to replace Rich Rodriguez, who was introduced Monday as the head at the University of Michigan.
I see no reason for Bradley to leave because it is almost a certainty that he is the next one in line for the Penn State coaching position. The only problem right now, is Joe Paterno has become so stubborn he is basically holding onto the job on a year to year basis leaving no room and peace of mind for Bradley and his assistants to plan their own futures. Do you think Bradley wants to stick around with West Virginia dangling in his face if he believes Joe Paterno will stick around for another 5-8 years which he very well could? Larry Johnson? There is no doubt Joe Paterno deserves to decide his future, but at this point, he keeps pointing to his age and whether he feels up to coaching as the determining factor of whether he comes back, and to the detriment of this program, it is not acceptable.
posted by Nittany White Out @ 7:11 PM  
  • At December 18, 2007 at 5:39 AM, Blogger Paterno Lives! said…

    I'm calling bullshit on this one, at least for now.

    I've talked to a couple WVU people who, in the past, have had decent information. Bradley's name wasn't even mentioned, not as the head job anyway. Jimbo and Bowden are the two most public names.

    Even if they do offer, I don't understand the appeal of the WVU job right now, especially for a guy who is the front-runner for the post-Paterno job.

    It is a scary thought though.

  • At December 18, 2007 at 8:14 AM, Anonymous 50 Yard Lion said…

    The big question is . . . IS Bradley the heir apparent?! Let's look at some history. Paterno's best teams were arguably co-authored by Sandusky and Ganter. Sandsuky couldn't outlast Joe and has said as much in comments made at Second Mile functions.

    Fran turned down a job at MSU and eventually even became assistant head coach. Can't be any more heir apparent than that, right? Well, where is Fran now?

    I'm afraid it is going to take a leap of faith to think that Bradley will fare any differently.

    I used to look down my nose at those folks that thought Joe was grooming Jay to be the next coach--couldn't happen I thought. I'm not so sure anymore.

    Let's say Bradley goes. There are rumors that schools are interested in LJ Sr and Vanderlinden as well. Norwood has already jumped ship. Galen is not going to coach forever.

    Jay may become the senior man on staff in a couple of years.

    And that would make him, um, the heir apparent.

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