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Bradley to interview at PSU

| Friday, Dec. 9, 2011

DALLAS -- Penn State interim coach Tom Bradley said Thursday he soon will interview for the chance to hold the job permanently.

"I anticipate being part of the official interview process in the not so distant future," he said during a news conference to promote the TicketCity Bowl. The No. 24 Nittany Lions (9-3) play No. 20 Houston (12-1) on Jan. 2 at the Cotton Bowl.

Acting athletic director Dr. David Joyner, who appeared with Bradley and heads the university's six-person search committee, said he would like to have a new coach named "within the next 30 days."

He would not reveal who the candidates are or how many the university plans to interview.

"We are moving forward with the process," he said. "Our goal is to find a coach that has integrity, a focus on academics and knows how to coach football."

Joyner said he doesn't think fired coach Joe Paterno's replacement has to have head-coaching experience, nor does he view previous ties to the university as a negative.

Penn State is attempting to move forward in the wake of a child sexual abuse case against former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky that prompted the board of trustees to fire Paterno. Paterno has not been charged in the scandal.

Bradley said he has made no secret that he wants the job on a permanent basis and expects to interview, possibly next week.

"Tom and I are talking about that now," Joyner said. "We're going to work it out on his schedule."

Penn State President Rodney Erickson, who took office Nov. 9, had said he hoped to make a hire by the bowl game.

"We've got to do this search as rapidly as we can," Joyner said.

Bradley said he still expects to coach in the bowl game.

Bradley has served as an assistant coach since 1979 -- all at Penn State. He has been defensive coordinator since 2000.

"Certainly head-coaching experience is a strong thing to consider, but head coaches had to be assistant coaches somewhere," said Joyner, who also was not averse to hiring someone with Penn State ties. "It's certainly not a negative."

Notes: Penn State will begin bowl preparations today and Saturday before taking off next week off for finals. Workouts will resume the following weekend. The team will take off a few days for Christmas, then travel to Dallas on Dec. 26 to resume practice. ... Led by quarterback Case Keenum, Houston boasts the nation's top passing game at 443.8 yards per game. ... The game will pit teams with a combined record of 21-4. Only the BCS championship game (13-0 LSU 13-0 vs. 11-1 Alabama) and Fiesta Bowl (11-1 Stanford vs. 11-1 Oklahoma State) have teams with better combined records. ... Penn State has said it intends to use its bowl revenue for causes that promote awareness of child abuse study, prevention and treatment. That amount could now be up to $2.3 million, the school said yesterday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Additional Information:

Big Ten to open Penn State probe

The Big Ten will investigate the Penn State sex abuse scandal and could impose penalties depending on its findings.

'While it is premature to reach any conclusions regarding civil or criminal liability ... there does appear to be sufficient information to raise significant concerns as to whether a concentration of power in a single individual or program may have threatened or eroded institutional control of intercollegiate athletics at Penn State,' Big Ten presidents and chancellors said in a news release Thursday.

The conference said it would 'gather and review' facts arising from the grand jury report on alleged crimes committed by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky 'that pertain to matters of institutional control, ethical conduct and/or compliance related issues.'

Penn State acting athletic director Dr. David Joyner said the university would cooperate.

'We maintain complete transparency in the situation,' he said. 'The Big Ten has the prerogative to be a part of this or any investigation concerning the welfare of students at Penn State or any other institution.'

The Big Ten said it will ask that its legal counsel be allowed to 'participate' in Penn State's internal investigation and the NCAA's inquiry.

-- Tribune-Review

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