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Tom Bradley continues representing Penn State well as he prepares to leave it

Outgoing coach Tom Bradley’s full statement: “Penn State will always have my support”CDT
Tom Bradley, past interim coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions, is likely going to be elsewhere moving forward. A lifer at Penn State, starting as a player and then a graduate assistant, position coach, defensive coordinator and ultimately interim head coach is one of the only people to have emerged from the Jerry Sandusky scandal more highly regarded than previously. He had the unenviable task of taking over for a legend, holding the job he always wanted under terrible circumstances with little or no chance of keeping it. He held his head high, represented the program well and even beat Ohio State. Of the Penn State coaches, he is the one who got the rawest deal and he did not let it outwardly effect him.

I’m still working on my Bill O’Brien post, I’ll have it in the next day or so.

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Returning to the land of Penn State blogging, but for how long?

I have not blogged in the last two weeks since I wrote my tirade about Penn State’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. My reaction has gone to shock, anger, numbness to increasing ambivalence about my university and its football team. Sure, I have watched the Nittany Lions (the Nebraska game a day later) and all of that, but the passion is not what it was on say, October 30 or so. Will it come back? I cannot say. I don’t know if a Big Ten title, change of administration, new season, trip back to Beaver Stadium or whatever will re-ignite the way I feel. Maybe, I’m just going to see the games as something to watch on TV, rather than a part of my lifestyle. I was pleased the Nittany Lions won on Saturday, but nowhere near as excited as their last win over Ohio State in Columbus.

Some things I have noticed:

Tom Bradley has not taken a misstep yet as interim head coach. He is saying and doing the right things. I would not object to him given the job permanently, though it is a mortal lock that won’t happen because Intercollegiate Athletics is going to be completely turned over. It is a shame that people who apparently had no idea of what was going on are going to suffer because of Sandusky being a monster and the powers that be not doing enough about it. If Rodney Erickson can be take over as president, I don’t see any reason based on what we know today, that Bradley can’t be head coach.

David Joyner, the acting athletic director and until recently, Trustee has the job locked up. Power has swung back to the board after 16 years of Graham Spanier as university president and 45 years of Joe Paterno as head coach and they will want to hold on to it. Having one of their own running Intercollegiate Athletics will do that.

Boosters, like Terry Pegula, will have power to write more than a check moving forward. Their influence is going to start counting now, just like at other programs.

I’m more sad for Sue Paterno than Joe over the end of his career and cancer diagnosis. I wish him well though and hope that someday, he’ll be able to get a “Joe Paterno Day” at Beaver Stadium after the legal process is over.

Jay Paterno has handled the situation very well from what I have seen. Also, if Yale has a coaching vacancy (which they might) don’t be shocked if Jay psuhes hard for that job.

Matt McGloin has also impressed me with his handling of the situation. He’s matured an awful lot over the last year on and off the field. I am pulling for him.

Rob Bolden will leave the program, book it.

Stephfon Green is playing really hard and well right now. I’m glad to see it, he nearly threw it all away, but clearly learned from the experience.

Ohio State is wearing gray pants again. Good job, Buckeyes.

I have a bunch of silly questions for a guest prognosticator, but I don’t feel like asking them. While that feature is always trivial, I don’t feel like asking them. I usually prefer to laugh through stuff, but don’t think I’ll bother.

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PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS 13 Iowa Hawkeyes 3

After leading the Penn State Nittany Lions 90 yards down the field, QB Matt McGloin threw an interception in the end zone late in the third quarter. Iowa took over at the 20 yard line and I thought to myself, “this is where the Hawkeyes turn it around and come back to beat Penn State.” Then something unusual happened — Iowa didn’t come back and Penn State marched down the field and scored the game’s only touchdown to win.

It has been a long time since a Penn State football game was as fun as the one on Saturday. The Nittany Lions reverted to crog-magnon football — fun the up the middle over and over again. They did it for the best reason, because they could. The PSU offensive line had perhaps its best game since the 2007 Outback Bowl when the stream-rolled over the Tennessee Volunteers. Late in the game, the Lions pounded the ball down Iowa’s throat 10 straight times before a McGloin 2 yard touchdown pass to TE Kevin Haplea. Slias Redd, Curtis Dukes and Joe Suhey combined to have only run less than 4 yards as the Hawkeyes were worn down. It was beautiful.

Penn State had almost 36 minutes of possession. Part of that is because the Hawkeyes ran with no-huddle at times, but mostly it was because Penn State controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. After an initial field goal drive, Iowa did not threaten much. Despite facing a weakened Penn State secondary, Iowa could not take advantage of it. The defense was more aggressive than normal with more blitzing that we have seen in a long time from coordinator Tom Bradley. Gerald Hodges was the main attacker and he had his best game thus far. The defensive backs had a great day containing the Iowa wideouts who came in with a bit of acclaim.

The PSU quarterback situation is nearly resolved, at least in most of the fans eyes. Terrible end zone interception aside, McGloin looks more comfortable as the signal caller and has had a better season. Rob Bolden may have more upside, but he has not shown it yet. 3 for 7 with all catches coming off of deflections (including one off of an official foot!) hasn’t helped his cause. He looks lost out there. I feel for him, he got thrown into a tough situation being a true freshman starter last year, but if anything he’s regressed. McGloin however, may be improving, though anybody can hand off 10 times in a row. Right now, McGloin is the best answer for the Nittany Lions.

The Nittany Lions are now 5-1 and 2-0 in the Big Ten with Purdue (3-2, 1-0) on the way for Homecoming next Saturday at noon.

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Outback Bowl: Florida 37 Penn State 24; Bolden wants out

This just in — Matt McGloin just threw another interception.

The Penn State Nittany Lions concluded their 2010 season with an interception filled Outback Bowl against the Florida Gators. Despite leading heading into the fourth quarter, the Nittany Lions lost fairly big. McGloin, the walk-on quarterback showed why he was a walk-on and why his teammates dubbed in Brett Favre prior to the season. McGloin threw 5 interceptions and several other passes that could have been if the Gators could catch. Overall, he completed less than 50% of his passes. The big question is why was he on the field long enough to throw 5 interceptions? While there is no doubt in my mind that McGloin gets his teammates motivated, he has not shown in any games against superior competition that he can get the job done. It is unfortunate, because McGloin did inject some excitement into an otherwise dreary season and did provide some memories in the Michigan and Northwestern games. Otherwise, he was never more than solid and as we saw yesterday, he was often terrible. I think I have seen enough of Matt McGloin, starting quarterback — I certainly had by the 3rd quarter yesterday.

Why McGloin did not get the hook when freshman Rob Bolden got pulled for less is a mystery, one that Bolden does not want to stick around to solve. Yesterday, Bolden indicated that he was leaving the program (Patriot-News). Apparently, Bolden was planning to leave even before the bowl game (Altoona Mirror) because he believed that McGloin was held to a much lesser standard. I agree with Bolden on that front. I just wonder if the coaching staff knew that beforehand.

I have another theory, McGloin was Joe Paterno’s choice all along. Remember at the beginning of the season when Joe said he talked to all the coaching staff and got their input on the QB? I think they talked him into Bolden and he regretted it. BOlden isn’t out the door yet officially, but I don’t see Paterno trying to talk someone who went public about transferring into returning.

As for the game, my suggestion that the Nittany Lions use Silas Redd more was pretty poor. Redd could not get anything going, but Evan Royster could, rushing for nearly 100 yards. The defense was okay, but they got worn down late. Special teams were pretty bad too. Florida did not play great, but good enough to win. The biggest thing they did other than catch half the balls that McGloin threw right too them, was stop Penn State on third down.

Justin Brown dropped three McGloin passes that would have been first downs.

The pass interference call against the Nittany Lions deep in Penn State territory was a poor one. The defense never really recovered from it.

Oh and the Pitt job is now available because their new coach got arrested for domestic violence. Tom Bradley may be a stronger candidate than the first go round, because he’d be seen as a “safe” choice and a genuinely high character guy. Though being a lifelong Nittany Lion may ultimately hold him back.

It will be a very interesting month of Penn State football…

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The coaching carousel and Penn State’s jersey color for the Outback Bowl

This hasn’t been a quiet week in college football and Penn State may be feeling some aftershocks. Pitt Temple West firing Dave Wannstedt has people like Slow States wondering if defensive coordinator Tom Bradley would be a candidate for that vacancy (you should listen to their podcasts by the way, especially the 23 minute mark of this one). Bradley is a strong Western Pennsylvania recruiter and if he wants to be a head coach really badly, that would not be a bad spot for him. Whether he interviews will be telling because if he goes, that means he is not confident that he would succeed Joe Paterno as PSU’s head coach. Al Golden, Temple’s coach and another likely candidate to succeed Paterno, could be in the mix as well.

Urban Meyer, head coach of the Florida Gators is resigning (again) after the Outback Bowl against the Nittany Lions. EDSBS is taking it…well. No, really, he is. Could this be bad news for Penn State? Maybe, says Cory Giger of the Altoona Mirror, but shouldn’t Penn State be playing the game like its Paterno’s last too?

Meanwhile, Patriot-News columnist David Jones writes about Meyer, but what he really wants you to know that he has Erin Andrews’ phone number. By the way, I think she’s better as a sideline reporter than eye candy. Really, she’s got great hair and all, but overrated for her non-reporting duties. Lynn Swann is still my all-time favorite in that position. Oh and Jones also wants you (and especially Phil Steele) to know that HE IS ACCOUNTABLE for things like his preseason top 25.

Linebebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden is in the running for the Ball State head coaching job, but I can’t find a link to it. Now, even though I’ve never been there, I know a little bit about Muncie, Ind. and a lot about State College and you have to wonder about a man who would rather live in Muncie than stay in Happy Valley and recruit players like Paul Posluszny and Sean Lee.

Of course, this is all secondary to the real thing you all care about — what color jersey Penn State is wearing for the Outback Bowl. Since the Big Ten team was the visitor last year, I assumed that it would be the home team this year. Sure, enough, I contacted an Intercollegiate Athletics source and got the simple reply of BLUE.

Yay.

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