No long-term promises for interim Penn State coach Bradley
Penn State interim football coach Tom Bradley, right, walks with former Coach Joe Paterno in this 2009 photo.
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Tom Bradley was named Penn State's interim coach for the rest of the season late Wednesday night after his long-time boss, Joe Paterno, was fired.
Bradley, 55, held his first news conference this morning, but he did so with a heavy heart, his brother Jim Bradley, also a former Penn State player, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette today.
"[Tom] is very sad," Jim Bradley, the Steelers' chief orthopedic surgeon, said. "He's ambivalent in his feelings. That's his coach you're talking about there, the guy who brought him into the program."
It's a hard way to get the top job, Jim Bradley said.
"I'm happy my brother actually got a chance to be the head coach at Penn State, but he wasn't very excited [about the circumstances], I can tell you that," he said.
Jim Bradley said his brother was informed of the decision shortly before the Penn State board of trustees voted unanimously Wednesday night to fire Paterno. The child sex abuse scandal involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky engulfed Paterno, who himself said in hindsight he wished he had done more to pursue allegations against Sandusky.
Tom Bradley succeeded Sandusky in 2000.
No. 12 Penn State (8-1, 5-0 Big Ten Conference) will play Nebraska Saturday at Beaver Stadium. It will be the first game the Nittany Lions have played without Paterno as a member of the coaching staff since 1949.
"I don't think there's been a situation like this in college football that I can remember," Jim Bradley said. "I've never seen anything like it. It's kind of unchartered territory.
"He has the toughest three games of the season coming up, and two of them are on the road, and you have all this turmoil around the university and you have to try to get these guys to focus ... I think it's a big challenge."
Jim Bradley said his brother has not been promised anything beyond this season.
"Oh, no, no one has said anything about that," Jim Bradley said. "He told me, 'I'm the interim coach.' And quite frankly, the board has a lot of other problems right now."
Tom Bradley, a Johnstown native who interviewed for head coaching vacancies at Pitt and Temple this past offseason, is in his 33rd season on the Penn State coaching staff and his 12th as defensive coordinator.
He is one of three Bradley brothers who played for Paterno.
First Published November 10, 2011 9:31 am