PENN STATE NOTEBOOK: Bradley talks about Temple job
TAMPA, Fla. – Tom Bradley did talk to Al Golden earlier this month.
The conversation had more to do with the job Golden took at Miami than the one he left at Temple, though.
“I called him to congratulate him about getting the Miami job,” Bradley said of Golden, the former Nittany Lions captain and new head coach of the storied Hurricanes. “I teased him. I said, ‘Al, you’d have been better off getting the Miami job when you were single, not when you have a wife and three kids.’ ”
What Bradley insists didn’t come up, however, was his interest in Golden’s old post.
According to reports, Bradley has expressed interest in two head coaching jobs in the last month – the ones at Pittsburgh and Temple. the Pitt job went to Miami (Ohio) coach Michael Haywood. the Temple job ultimately went to Florida offensive coordinator Steve Addazio, although Bradley evidently was a close second on Temple’s wish list.
Penn State’s defensive coordinator for the last 11 seasons, Bradley once was considered the most likely successor to Joe Paterno. But his pursuit of other work was taken as a sign he might be more willing to leave now than at any point since he became an assistant to Paterno in 1979.
Bradley said he received several phone calls from Temple administrators about the position, including director of athletics Bill Bradshaw. His interest in the Temple job, he said, was borne of an interest in the people in charge.
“One thing is that any time someone calls you, you’re flattered,” Bradley said. “The fact that someone like Bill Bradshaw calls you, that’s a great group of guys. You listen because they’re a good group of people.”
Bradley wouldn’t discuss how the interview process went, saying it “is in the past.” But Paterno did say he offered to talk to Temple on Bradley’s behalf if he wanted to pursue the position with vigor.
“It’s easier for me if he stays,” Paterno said. “But I don’t want to get to the point where I’m interfering with somebody who might want to get on with another program.
“I’m pleased he’s going to stay with us. If he’s happy with it, then I’m happy with it. If he really wanted the job and didn’t get it, then I feel maybe I could have done a little bit more for him. But that never came up.”
The Nittany Lions weren’t the only athletes working hard last week when they were conducting their pre-Outback Bowl practices at the Carpenter Complex in Clearwater.
Professional baseball fans might recall the Carpenter Complex as the spring training home of the Philadelphia Phillies, where the Red Barons used to get in shape for the season. Turns out, one prominent Phillie has beaten the rest of his teammates to Clearwater by about a month.
“Roy Halladay was there,” quarterback Matt McGloin said with a bit of amazement.
The National League Cy Young Award winner didn’t meet with the team, much to McGloin’s chagrin, however. only one Penn State representative actually got the opportunity to greet him.
“He was just working out inside, and Coach Joe went in and got to meet him,” said McGloin, a tad frustrated.
Rick Nafe broke a cardinal rule of statistics: Never take them in December out of a book published in August.
The vice president of operations for the Tampa Bay Rays was the master of ceremonies for Wednesday’s team luncheon at the Tampa Convention Center, and he received several jeers from Penn State fans and players when he announced Paterno as a winner of 394 games as Nittany Lions head coach.
“It’s 401!” someone shouted after he made the mistake, noting the seven wins Penn State recorded this season.
Nafe laughed off his mistake, saying he’s a Florida State graduate who was doing his best to narrow the gap between the win totals of Paterno and longtime Seminoles coach Bobby Bowden.
“I’ve been at the dinner at the Outback Bowl many times,” Paterno quipped, “and they had never undercharged me once.”
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