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Penn State names defensive coordinator Tom Bradley as interim head coach

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Penn State Nittany Lions have named Tom Bradley as their interim head coach for the rest of the season. Bradley got the job that he wanted.

However, he did not want to get it this way. He has replaced Joe Paterno, who was fired amid the Jerry Sandusky scandal that has rocked University Park, Pennsylvania.

Penn State Nittany Lions interim head coach Tom Bradley addresses the media after being named interim head coach during a press conference
Tom Bradley addresses the media after being named interim head coach during a press conference (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

He was in his 12th season as the Nittany Lions defensive coordinator. Now, he will get to lead the team in their final games before the season concludes.

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Bradley worked for Paterno for 33 years. Now, he has to replace his mentor.

“With respect to coaching matters, acting president Rod Erickson and acting athletic director Mark Sherburne have appointed Tom Bradley as interim head coach,” board vice chairman John Surma said Wednesday night at a news conference.

At this time, wide receivers coach Mike McQueary is expected to remain on the staff under Bradley. He allegedly witnessed Sandusky, as a graduate assistant in 2002, naked in the shower with a 10-year-old boy, according to media reports.

McQueary allegedly informed Paterno of what he saw. However, the legendary head coach chose not to do anything with the information that he received.

The 55-year-old Bradley has tried to be a head coach before. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, he previously interviewed with the Temple Owls, the Pittsburgh Panthers, and the Connecticut Huskies.

He interviewed with all three after the 2010 season. However, each school elected to hire someone else.

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Steve Addazio was hired at Temple, Todd Graham was hired at Pittsburgh, and Paul Pasqualoni was hired at UCONN.

“Tommy does a good job,” Paterno said at his 2010 season-ending news conference. “He’s a good recruiter, a good coach. He’s organized. He certainly deserves consideration.”

With the scandal that has rocked the University and has made national headlines, it is likely that the school goes outside of Paterno’s staff to lead the new era at the school.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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