Paterno endorses defensive coach Tom Bradley for Pitt job
Penn State coach Joe Paterno said yesterday that his longtime defensive coordinator Tom Bradley should be seriously considered by Pitt to become the Panthers' next football coach.
"If they ask me, I would tell them," Paterno said. "I think Tommy is a fine coach. He has good, strong city of Pittsburgh contacts. He's got a brother (Jim) who is an orthopedic surgeon, head surgeon for the Steelers. I think Tommy should be a very, very prominent person as a possibility.
"Tommy has done a good job. He is a good recruiter, a good coach, he's organized."
Paterno said he doesn't know what direction Pitt's search is headed, but offered some thoughts about how the process of hiring college football coaches has changed.
"Ben Schwartzwalder (the former Syracuse coach) used to say an athletic director can fire one football coach; he can't fire two. The second one, (the athletic director) is gone," Paterno said. "That was the old rule. Things have changed.
"A lot of these guys have never played football who are making these decisions. (They are) letting too many people outside the organization have that kind of impact."
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