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Tom Bradley gets his dream job. For now.

Posted on: November 10, 2011 2:37 pm
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- This is the job Tom Bradley always wanted, but he didn't want it like this. And he won't keep it like this, either. This job he has, head football coach at Penn State? It's a temporary tag, and it's never going to become permanent.

Add Bradley to the pile of collateral damage in the Jerry Sandusky scandal that has cost an untold number of alleged victims their emotional well-being, and has cost four of the most powerful men on campus -- coach Joe Paterno, president Graham Spanier, athletics director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schwartz -- their job.

And it will cost Tom Bradley his job, too. Maybe he comes back next season as an assistant coach, maybe not. That will be up to the next head coach, whoever it is -- but it won't be Tom Bradley. He's the interim coach, but that's all he is. That's all he ever will be. Tom Bradley hit his career peak on Thursday, even as he plumbed the depths of personal lows.

"'I take this job with very mixed emotions," Bradley said Thursday morning at Beaver Stadium, where he will lead the Nittany Lions into their home finale Saturday against Nebraska. Bradley also will coach Penn State in its final two regular-season games of the season, at Ohio State and Wisconsin, and in whatever bowl game Penn State appears, assuming the school chooses to appear in one.

After that, though, Tom Bradley is out. He doesn't seem to know that, and he definitely didn't say that on Thursday. Asked if he had been given any indication by school officials that he was a candidate for the position on a permanent basis, Bradley said that topic hadn't come up. And I believe him.

I also believe it will never come up, because Penn State is in housecleaning mode -- and you don't fire the head housekeeper to promote the chimneysweep. Paterno is gone. The president is gone. The AD. A vice president. And soon that wave will sweep the remnants of Paterno's coaching staff out the door as well.

It's doubtful the next coach, whoever he is, would retain a single member of this current staff -- but if one man is retained, it would be Tom Bradley. He is that highly regarded in all circles, whether by coaches or fans or even the media. Full disclosure: The media loves Tom Bradley, and after spending 25 minutes at his initial press conference on Thursday, I see why. He pulls no punches, tells no lies. If he can't answer a question, he tells you he can't answer it. If he can, he does.

Asked if he'd slept in four days, Bradley blurted out, "Do I look that bad?"

Asked a general question about a coach's responsibility to protect children from the kind of atrocities that Sandusky was allegedly allowed to continue from 2002 to 2011, Bradley didn't back down.

"We all have a responsibility to take care of our children," he said. "All of us."

That answer seemed to undercut Joe Paterno, yet Bradley made it clear Thursday he holds only one man in higher regard.

"Coach Paterno has meant more to me than anybody but my father," Bradley said. At that he became emotional, so he stopped talking. Next question.

Another question came about Paterno, and another, and another, and Bradley answered them like so:

"He will go down in history as one of the greatest men, and coaches," Bradley said.

"He has had a dynamic impact on so many, so many -- I'll say it again -- so many people and players' lives," Bradley said.

Bradley loves Joe Paterno. He also loves Penn State, playing here as a defensive back from 1975-78 and coaching here ever since. Once upon a time, Jerry Sandusky was the most respected assistant on staff -- scary, huh? -- but when Sandusky retired in 1999 to pursue his other interests, Bradley replaced him as defensive coordinator and as the man most likely to replace Paterno, assuming the replacement would come from within.

And assuming Paterno would ever retire.

Well, Paterno's gone. He didn't retire -- he was fired late Wednesday night. And Tom Bradley has replaced him, but not for long. Just for three games, maybe four, and then Bradley will leave the only school he has ever worked.

It's not one of the bigger tragedies of this story. It's not, in comparison, a tragedy at all.

But it's a sad turn of events nonetheless.


Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: November 14, 2011 10:22 am

Calling Urban Meyer...

Dear Urban:

This is a top-five job.  The stadium is one of the five biggest.  The state of PA is one of the five best for recruiting.  There is nothing to do in town but pay attention to football.  There will be no backstabbing or objections when you "clean house."  You can probably make $5 million a year and only work 60 hours a week instead of the 100-plus to which you are accustomed, because they are used to the head coach delegating a lot of the work.  

You will be seen as a savior when you ride into town, and forgiven for a bad season or two.  

P.S.  You will have to bring your own quarterback. 

Whoever is left to run the school now. 

Since: Apr 4, 2010
Posted on: November 12, 2011 9:32 am

Tom Bradley gets his dream job. For now.

He was around when this all went down....probably right in there for the cover-up.
The axe will fall at the end of the season on all these guys....fair or not. 

Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 3:36 pm

Tom Bradley gets his dream job. For now.

Yes, the whole staff needs to go even Bradley at the end of the season.  But the program needs to stay.  The athletes, the students, the community shouldn't be punished for the failings of a few.  If Penn State wants a clean slate (which they should) they could start with one of these coaches:

Since: Sep 11, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 2:48 pm

Tom Bradley gets his dream job. For now.

Doyell should be ASHAMED of himself his articles on this subject are nothing more than editorials for his assine views , he is suppose to be a journalist and report stories fair and impartial , which he has not done , and likewise h and his partner Mike Freeman should oth be FIRED from cbs sports

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: November 11, 2011 2:43 pm

Tom Bradley gets his dream job. For now.

How can Penn State fire JoePa and allow the one person who actually SAW this crime being committed and did nothing to stay on?  Mike McQueary was an EYE WITNESS to this horrendous crime, and all he did was tell JoePa about it.  JoePa told the A.D.  So how does JoePa get fired and McQueary stay on?  EVERY person who was on the Penn State coaching staff at the time of these crimes MUST be fired.  To do anything less makes a mockery out of Penn State.  The only way that Penn State is going to be able to cleans itself of this terrible crime is to cleans itself of every person who may have been involved in it.  Unfortunately that means everyone on the staff at the time of the crime.

Since: Oct 10, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 12:47 pm
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Since: Nov 25, 2010
Posted on: November 11, 2011 12:31 pm

Tom Bradley gets his dream job. For now.

McQueary will be fired at season's end. He should already be fired. He has no protection from the Whistleblower's Act. For crying out loud, he was the one who SAW one the assaults happening and DID NOTHING to intervene and stop it. He didn't even go to the police, he went to Paterno. He is as culpable as the rest of them. He was an employee of the university. If that poor assaulted kid was mine, McQueary and I would be having a little chat - alone. What a piece of work.

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:42 am

Tom Bradley gets his dream job. For now.

Came forward or simply testified before the Grand Jury when called upon to do so?  ...and my comment was intended towards the lack of negativity in the public/media reaction to his actions, not the fact he is still employed.

Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:31 am

Tom Bradley gets his dream job. For now.

McQuerry has federal whistleblowers protection, he will not be fired because all these years later he finally came forward.

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:20 am

Tom Bradley gets his dream job. For now.

Why is there no outrage over Mike McQueary's actions (or lack of)?!?  Maybe there was and I missed it, been doing a lot of traveling the last 2-3 days but the only person I know of that called him out was one of the victim's mothers.  As she stated, He is a grown man, HE WITNESSED THE SHOWER SCENE...and he went home and called his daddy?!? ...then he and his father notified Paterno the next day.  Didn't he also have an obligation to do more than simply notifying his boss?  I understand the firing of Joe P., he absolutely should have done more than the minimum legal requirement....but doesn't the same math that so many have rightly used to criticize Paterno's actions apply to McQueary?  I'm sorry to see Paterno go, and I have nothing against McQueary but I just don't understand why/how he has skated through this mess with what seems like total impunity....JW

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