Paterno pushes Bradley for Pitt job

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TAMPA, Fla. -- Penn State coach Joe Paterno said today that Pitt should consider hiring Tom Bradley, his long-time defensive coordinator, as its new head coach.

Bradley, 54, recruits Western Pennsylvania for the Nittany Lions. A native of Johnstown, Pa., he just completed his 32nd season as a member of the coaching staff.

"I think Tommy is a fine coach," Paterno said. "He has good, strong city of Pittsburgh contacts. He's got a brother [Jim] who is an orthopedic surgeon, head surgeon for the Steelers, and the whole bit.

"I think Tommy should be a very, very strong candidate. Tommy has done a good job. He is a good recruiter, a good coach, he's organized. And I think he certainly deserves some consideration."

Bradley expressed interest in the recent opening at Pitt, but he was not interviewed. The Panthers hired Michael Haywood, who was fired Saturday after being charged with domestic abuse in Indiana.

Bradley did recently interview for the head coaching vacancy at Temple. He finished second to former Florida offensive coordinator and associate head coach Steve Addazio.

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