January 23, 2012
WORDS SEEM to pale in a moment such as this. The terms "icon" and "legend" have been often used to describe Joe Paterno. Certainly, he was both within the world of college athletics. But to those of us who played for him, to those of us who coached with him and to those of us who had the privilege to call him a friend, Joe Paterno was much more. To me, he was my mentor for 37 years and the lessons that I learned from him as a player, coach and friend will live on with me forever.
January 13, 2012 |
Tom Bradley, who spent 33 seasons on the Penn State coaching staff and served the final four games of the 2011 season as interim head coach after the firing of Joe Paterno, will not be returning. Bradley said Friday on Twitter, "Finished packing up my office late [Thursday] night. Walked out the doors proud with a lot of great memories and friends and a better man. " Bradley spent the last 12 seasons as defensive coordinator and was generally thought to be the heir apparent if and when Paterno stepped down as head coach.
January 2, 2012 |
DALLAS - Tom Bradley wasn't going to get all reflective and sentimental. The man who has led Penn State's football team calmly and resolutely through nearly two months of turmoil created by the alleged involvement of a former assistant coach in child sexual abuse, wants to keep things as normal as possible through Monday's TicketCity Bowl game against Houston. But with reports emerging Sunday that New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien had emerged as a leading candidate, if not the top one, for the permanent head coaching job at Penn State, the days for Bradley at Penn State appear to be numbered after 37 years as a player and coach.
November 11, 2011
Apparently, former Florida coach Urban Meyer is not interested in working at Penn State. The TV analyst released this statement Thursday: "I am very happy with my role at ESPN. I have no plans to return to coaching at this time. " Meanwhile, in a conference call with recruits, interim coach Tom Bradley and acting athletic director Mark Sherburne said the school had begun a national search for Joe Paterno's successor.
November 10, 2011 |
The phone calls and text messages have been pouring in to Skyler Mornhinweg as news of Joe Paterno's ouster broke yesterday. Mornhinweg, the St. Joseph's Prep quarterback, is among the 16 high school seniors who have given verbal commitments to Penn State. Players cannot sign binding letters of intent until February. Through his mother, Lindsay, Skyler had no comment on the current situation. His father, Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, said he would have no comment on his son's situation or rumors that he could succeed Paterno out of respect for the victims in the sex-abuse case against Jerry Sandusky.
January 8, 2012 |
The one got assigned the dirty work, the job everyone else ran away from, the shovel behind the elephants in the circus parade. Darkness and despair descended on the Valley of Happy, and it will be a long, long time before the aftershocks cease, and in the interim someone had to hold things together. Volunteers? Any one? Thank you, Tom Bradley. The other got crammed into a position of utter hopelessness. He was guaranteed to fail because what they were asking him to do hadn't been done ever and why do you suppose that was?
December 1, 2011 |
PENN STATE'S fifth-year senior defensive tackle Devon Still yesterday added the Big Ten Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year Award to the conference's Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year Award he received a night earlier. The 6-5, 305-pounder from Wilmington, Del., by way of his native Camden, might not be finished adding to his hardware collection. He is a finalist for the Chuck Bednarik and Bronko Nagurski Awards, presented to the nation's top defensive player, as well as for the Outland Trophy, awarded to the nation's premier interior lineman.
November 16, 2012 |
STATE COLLEGE - Shane McGregor's dream was crumbling before his eyes. The Central Cambria High senior, from the tiny town of Ebensburg in western Pennsylvania, always wanted to be a star Division I quarterback. But the offers just weren't there. "I remember crying with my mother in the car," McGregor said. "It's a pretty emotional time when you're staring the death of your dream in the face. I was pretty much doing that. " So how did McGregor wind up playing football at Penn State, where his long blonde locks and heavy campus involvement have made him a popular player despite his role as the third-string quarterback?
October 26, 2008 |
With less than two weeks to go before the election, talk has turned to the "Bradley Effect. " The phenomenon is named for Tom Bradley, the African American mayor of Los Angeles who lost the 1982 California governor's race even though exit polls predicted he'd defeat his Republican opponent, George Deukmejian. Some white people, the theory goes, tell pollsters they will vote for black candidates and then, once in the voting booth, don't. While it's no surprise that this has become a topic of discussion as John McCain and Barack Obama near the finish line, as someone who worked for Bradley's campaign, I think it's worth pointing out that the effect has been widely misunderstood.
November 10, 2011 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Tom Bradley finally got the job he always dreamed of Wednesday night, although under what had to be terrible circumstances for him. Meeting in executive session, the Penn State board of trustees removed Joe Paterno and named Bradley interim head coach for the remainder of the season. Bradley, a lifelong Penn Stater, is in his 12th season as defensive coordinator of the Nittany Lions and 33d season overall, all under Paterno. When named defensive coordinator, he replaced Jerry Sandusky, whose indictment on child sexual abuse charges started the dominoes falling and resulted in the ouster of Paterno and university president Graham B. Spanier.