There's an interesting report today from veteran Penn State scribe David Jones, who writes that Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley is one of three finalists for Temple's head-coaching vacancy.
Florida offensive coordinator Steve Addazio and former Notre Dame coach and current ESPN colleague Bob Davie are the other finalists, Jones writes. Bradley interviewed with Temple on Friday before heading to Clearwater, Fla., for Outback Bowl preparation with Penn State.
Will Bradley finally leave Penn State after 32 seasons on the staff, the last 11 as defensive coordinator?
We should know soon.
Some interesting tidbits from Jones' story:
Known as a personable guy and a strong recruiter, [Bradley] has one ace up his sleeve in this competition. Billionaire Penn State graduate and donor Terry Pegula, the man who gave $88 million to PSU to start a Division-I ice hockey program and build a new arena to house it, has made calls to Temple on Bradley's behalf and has piqued the interest of the school's board. Implicit, at least in the minds of Temple officials, is the possibility that Pegula could contribute toward upgrading the Owls' football program.
It has been increasingly difficult for PSU assistants to recruit around the age and apparent declining health of head coach Joe Paterno, who turned 84 yesterday. Though Paterno has insisted he will coach next season, those surrounding the program have become increasingly skeptical that can happen.
Bradley's dealings with Temple are a clear sign that he is not in line to replace Paterno at Penn State as has been speculated for years.
The buzz about Paterno's health and the possibility he might not return for the 2011 season has increased in recent days. Paterno seemed to be doing fine as he addressed reporters earlier Tuesday in Clearwater, but the 84-year-old's future is always a hot topic. There are concerns about Penn State's 2011 recruiting class, and losing Bradley could hurt the program's efforts in western Pennsylvania.
It certainly seems like Paterno's assistants are more willing to leave now than ever before.