Bradley will be Penn State coach at bowl game, source says
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State interim coach Tom Bradley has been told he will be in charge of the football program at least through the bowl game, a source told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette today.
Bradley's assistant coaches will remain on board as well, unless they land jobs at other schools.
Bradley, 55, also has been informed that he will be interviewed for the head coaching vacancy, the source said.
Acting athletic director Dave Joyner, a former Penn State football player and wrestler, is the leader of the six-person search committee, which was appointed Monday to help select a new football coach.
Bradley is considered a long shot for the job.
Some of the early names to surface as possible replacements without Penn State ties include Mississippi State's Dan Mullen, Boise State's Chris Petersen and TCU's Gary Patterson.
Bradley has compiled a 1-2 record since replacing Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno, who was fired Nov. 9 because of allegations of a child sexual abuse scandal involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.
Bradley, a native of Johnstown, has been on the road recruiting while giving the team the week off following a 45-7 loss Saturday at Wisconsin.
He succeeded Sandusky as defensive coordinator in 2000 and is completing his 33rd season as a member of the coaching staff.
Bowl pairings will be announced Sunday. There has been speculation a few bowls might snub the Nittany Lions because of fallout from the Sandusky scandal.
Penn State, 9-3 overall, has been projected to land in the Gator Bowl, the Insight Bowl or the Meineke Car Care Bowl. But the Gator Bowl appears to be locked in on Ohio State, which is 6-6.
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First Published November 30, 2011 12:33 pm