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Tom Bradley named PSU interim coach

Posted on: November 9, 2011 11:29 pm
Edited on: November 10, 2011 12:14 am
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

When the Penn State Board of Trustees fired Joe Paterno on Wednesday night, he had to be replaced. Not surprisingly, that replacement is longtime Paterno assistant Tom Bradley.

Ironically, Bradley is the man who replaced Jerry Sandusky -- who is at the heart of the controversy that ended up getting Paterno fired -- as the Nittany Lions' defensive coordinator in 1999.

A native of Johnstown, Pa., Bradley has been widely recognized as Paterno's right-hand man on the Nittany Lion staff since his promotion to defensive coordinator in 1999. But Bradley has served under Paterno in one role or another on the Lion staff for 33 years, rising from the graduate assistant level to position coach (Bradley has focused largely on the PSU secondary) and recruiting coordinator before stepping into the coordinator's chair. 

Though rarely acknowledged directly or officially, the size of Bradley's role has only increased over the past decade as Paterno's declining health has forced him to give up many duties of gameday coaching. Bradley has long been rumored the first choice to succeed Paterno if his suddenly former boss was ever forced to step aside.

Despite that, Bradley was less than shy about pursuing other jobs this previous offseason, interviewing at both Pitt and Temple for each school's head coaching positions--and ranking as a serious candidate for both. 

Amidst the chaos of Penn State football's current position, having an anchor like Bradley could -- and should -- prove to be an invaluable help in this time of crisis. After last offseason, it's fortunate for Penn State that even after those 33 years, Bradley's still around to provide that help.
Comments

Since: Nov 10, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 1:45 pm
 

Tom Bradley named PSU interim coach

JoePa is a relic. He has been out of touch with reality for a long time and this is just another example. He had the power to do more but he decieded not to and keep quiet. He is just as guilty as Sandusky. If you were told by a someone they saw one of your co-workers raping someone who would you tell? Your boss and then say nothing more hoping your boss calls the poloce? I don't think so.



Since: Nov 10, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 1:40 pm
 

Tom Bradley named PSU interim coach

JoePa is a relic. He has been out of touch with reality for a long time and this is just another example. He had the power to do more but he decieded not to and keep quiet. He is just as guilty as Sandusky.



Since: Nov 10, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 1:32 pm
 

Tom Bradley named PSU interim coach

I can't believe that only Paterno knew what was going on. They need to get rid of everyone of those coaches and start over. Putting Bradley in as head coach is just adding another log to the fire. You can't tell me he did'nt know what was going on. Are those university heads stupid or what?



Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2011 12:28 pm
 

Tom Bradley and Sandusky?

Tom Bradley is good buds with Sandusky and praises me in a 2007 article in Max Preps?  His time at PSU will be brief.  He tried to get out before the this got out.  Why else would interview for the Temple job?  Temple should have hired him by the way.




Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2011 11:08 am
 

Tom Bradley named PSU interim coach

Bradley is a workput buddy of Sandusky's, and he know what was going as evidenced by his interviewing for the Temple + Pitt jobs.  He was also interested in UConn's job.  He knew the ship was about to sink.  He had to know what was going on.  He can go 4-0 and still will not be back.  I am surprised he is not on the two mile board.  In a 2007 article he stated "The one thing about Jerry Sandusky is that he's so committed to what he does.  He loves coaching, and he realyy enjoys working with kids."

Tom - why did he retire in 1999 at the age of 55 if he loved coaching so much?  Can a reporter ask him this?



Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2011 11:05 am
 

Tom Bradleyand Sandusky

Bradley is a workput buddy of Sandusky's, and he know what was going as evidenced by his interviewing for the Temple + Pitt jobs.  He was also interested in UConn's job.  He knew the ship was about to sink.  He had to know what was going on.  He can go 4-0 and still will not be back.  I am surprised he is not on the two mile board.  In a 2007 article he stated "The one thing about Jerry Sandusky is that he's so committed to what he does.  He loves coaching, and he realyy enjoys working with kids."

Tom - why did he retire in 1999 at the age of 55 if he loved coaching so much?  Can a reporter ask him this?



Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2011 11:02 am
 

Tom Bradley and Sandusky


  Bradley is a workput buddy of Sandusky's, and he know what was going as evidenced by his interviewing for the Temple + Pitt jobs.  He was also interested in UConn's job.  He knew the ship was about to sink.  He had to know what was going on.  He can go 4-0 and still will not be back.  I am surprised he is not on the two mile board.  In a 2007 article he stated "The one thing about Jerry Sandusky is that he's so committed to what he does.  He loves coaching, and he realyy enjoys working with kids."

Tom - why did he retire in 1999 at the age of 55 if he loved coaching so much?  Can a reporter ask him this?



Since: Sep 4, 2010
Posted on: November 10, 2011 10:48 am
 

Tom Bradley named PSU interim coach

you are a genius.  any more great ideas in that brain of yours?




Since: Jan 26, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 9:54 am
 

Tom Bradley named PSU interim coach

Here goes the rumor mill.  I got an email from a PSU alum telling me they are going to go after Saban for their next coach.  He had some article attached.  Man, too soon and too big a story to start these rumors.  They guy was a legend, like him or not.  I feel bad that he didn't retire last year and stay out of this.  On the other hand, Saban would fit as it's a place you can make great again and win the BCS from a third university.  I could see it from Mr. Ego.



Since: Apr 24, 2010
Posted on: November 10, 2011 9:54 am
 

Tom Bradley named PSU interim coach

It is amazing how much more
all you commenters here know than I do. I am just an outsider looking in with
little knowledge of the inside of the situation except what I read and hear.

It seems to me that there are
children and their families right now having to relive the torment they went
through several years ago privately and alone – only now their torment is out
there for all the country and the world to see.

I can’t even get my mind
around what these kids went through and how it must have impacted them, their
psyche and their families for all this time.

THAT is the tragedy.

Not what happens to another
of the many $50M football factories dotting the nation, claiming to be
educational institutions.

Someone cares about their
alma mater. Most do. But in this case a bunch of cowards cared more about their
university, its reputation and its ability to generate income than they cared
about their own moral convictions – at least I hope they and you have moral
convictions - to protect and support innocent children who are left alone and deeply
wounded when predators like this one get their hands on them.

What if it was you? Have you ever
been accosted by a predator? What if it was your cousin, brother, son,
grandchild? That’s what all these cowards should have been asking themselves as
they decided what to do with the information they got at the time. They should
have pulled the child out of harm’s way. They should have screamed for the
police. They should have destroyed this predator before he destroyed the second
child. And anyone who advised them otherwise should have gotten a punch in the
nose – and a spit in the eye.

It is on their souls and consciences
now. If they have souls and consciences.

Penn State University does
not matter in this case. Only the children matter.



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