August 4, 2015 |
CHICAGO - This is the year Anthony Zettel has been waiting for. His first four years at Penn State, Zettel needed to learn a new defense each year under four different defensive coordinators - Tom Bradley during his true freshman season, when he sat out, followed by Ted Roof, John Butler, and Bob Shoop. Bradley worked for Joe Paterno and Roof and Butler were part of Bill O'Brien's staff. Now, for his senior season, the defensive end- turned-defensive tackle gets to stay in the scheme that Shoop installed last year, when he accompanied James Franklin and the new Penn State coaching staff to Happy Valley.
April 17, 2015 |
TOM BRADLEY, who had been at Penn State forever, isn't answering any more questions about the Jerry Sandusky scandal. "I think all those questions have been answered years ago," Bradley told the Associated Press. "I'm here to help UCLA and these players be the best players they can possibly be. " The Bruins' new defensive coordinator under head coach Jim Mora still bleeds blue and white. Which you would expect from a guy who spent 32 years as an assistant to Joe Paterno. That was after playing defensive end for four seasons for the Lions.
December 11, 2014 |
NEW YORK - Shane Conlan likely would not have been the 23d member of the Penn State football program inducted into the National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame if not for assistant coach Tom Bradley. Conlan, a linebacker, had received no offers from any NCAA Division I-A school during a fine career at Frewsburg Central (N.Y.) High School until Bradley came calling, and the longtime assistant to Joe Paterno remained persistent and finally persuaded his boss to offer him a scholarship.
May 24, 2014 |
Despite being acknowledged as one of the best linebackers in the country in 1986, Shane Conlan never believed that Penn State's national championship that season was his doing. To him, it was the team, different players making big plays, teammates picking up teammates. Now that he is among the 16 newest inductees into the College Football Hall of Fame, Conlan believes that, in a way, he has picked up his university during the continuing controversy over the Jerry Sandusky scandal and the NCAA's response.
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?
June 22, 2012
THE TESTIMONY was done, Jerry Sandusky had chosen not to take the stand in his defense, and both sides had rested. It was Wednesday afternoon. The trial was almost over, but it was impossible not to run the thing through your head, again and again: the wrenching testimony of the alleged victims, the sometimes ham-handed defense, all of it. And then it dawned on you. There were a couple of obvious people who were not heard from. It just didn't make sense. Amid the parade of character witnesses, there were people — witnesses to showers, like former Penn State coach Tom Bradley — who should have been able to offer factual testimony to counter several claims made by the people accusing Sandusky of 48 counts of sexually abusing 10 young boys.
April 5, 2012 |
Penn State defensive end Pete Massaro is experiencing a sense of deja vu, using his experience of returning from a torn anterior cruciate ligament to help him deal with the same situation during the Nittany Lions' spring practice. No one is suggesting it's easy to come back twice from a torn ACL but Massaro, a former Marple Newtown High School star who received his undergraduate degree in finance last December, has the knowledge, the intelligence, and the motivation to know what it takes.
February 2, 2012 |
Jamil Pollard began with Penn State and ended with Penn State. That doesn't mean there weren't twists, turns and a serious detour on his road from his early commitment to the Nittany Lions in May to signing his national letter of intent with Penn State on Wednesday in an auxiliary gymnasium at West Deptford High School. "It was a big mess," Pollard said of his path to Penn State. "It wasn't anybody's fault but my own. I'm just glad it worked out. " The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Pollard, a two-time all-South Jersey selection by The Inquirer, is projected as a defensive lineman at Penn State.
February 1, 2012 |
Jamil Pollard began with Penn State and ended with Penn State. That doesn't mean there weren't twists, turns and a serious detour on his road from his early commitment to the Nittany Lions in May to signing his national letter of intent with Penn State on Wednesday in an auxiliary gymnasium at West Deptford High School. "It was a big mess," Pollard said of his path to Penn State. "It wasn't anybody's fault but my own. I'm just glad it worked out. " The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Pollard, a two-time All-South Jersey selection by The Inquirer, is projected as a defensive lineman at Penn State.
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.