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Notebook: Bradley makes light of Paterno rumor

| Sunday, Nov. 14, 2004

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley began his post-game press conference Saturday by asking reporters a question.

"Hey, before I get started, did anybody hear any good rumors lately?" Bradley said, grinning.

The reference, of course, was to the erroneous report Thursday morning on WBGG-AM (970) that Bradley was about to succeed coach Joe Paterno. The rumor spread across the country, and it forced Penn State to issue a press release saying Paterno was still on the job.

Bob McLaughlin, the radio station's program manager, called Bradley later that day to apologize. Paterno also spoke with Bradley.

"Coach called to congratulate me," Bradley deadpanned. "I told him, 'I'm giving everybody big raises.' We had a good laugh about it. It's one of those things that just got a little out of control."

Three and out

As promised, freshman quarterback Anthony Morelli finally got a bit of playing time against Indiana.

Morelli (Penn Hills) played three series in the second quarter. He completed 1 of 4 passes for 13 yards. His first series ended when he was intercepted by linebacker Kyle Killion, who ran it back 46 yards for a touchdown.

On his third series, Morelli injured his right foot or ankle, perhaps when he was sacked by Killion. He did not return.

"I thought he played well," Paterno said.

Paterno said that, if not for the injury, Morelli likely would have gotten some more time in the third quarter.

Big and dumb

It's not often that an offensive lineman draws a flag when the other team's offense is on the field. But it happened during Penn State's final scoring drive, when senior guard Chris Voltattorni was penalized for a personal foul.

It happened after Michael Robinson caught a 12-yard pass and was forced out of bounds into the Indiana bench. Voltattorni threw an elbow and knocked Robinson to the ground.

"We don't tolerate that," Hoosiers coach Gary DiNardo said. "That is not how Indiana plays football."

As he got up, Robinson turned and yelled something at Voltattorni.

"I can't repeat it, because I'd get in trouble if I did," Robinson said with a wink.

Good call, bad call

After getting what they thought was an 18-yard catch for a first down, the Hoosiers called a timeout. However, the break in the action gave the replay official a chance to study the play.

On tape, it was clear that receiver Travis Haney's foot was out of bounds as he caught the ball. The officials correctly revered the call, and Indiana faced a fourth down.

But then the officials on the field and in the booth blew it. Before the punt, the ball was incorrectly spotted on the 46-yard line instead of the 43. It was as though the second-down play, a 3-yard run by Chris Taylor, had never happened.

A bad fit

Indiana linebacker Mike Marvis (Hempfield Area) was asked if this game meant anything special, since the opponent was Penn State.

"Uh ... I don't know if I want to comment on that," the true freshman said.

Marvis said he was recruited by Penn State, but he was turned off during his official visit.

"It wasn't a good fit for me," he said. "I didn't like it there. Call me crazy, but I didn't like anything about it."

Because of the Big Ten's schedule rotation, Penn State and Indiana will not play again until 2007. By then, Marvis, who is redshirting this year, could be in the starting lineup the next time the teams meet.

"I'm looking forward to it," he said.

Local guys

Penn State linebacker Paul Posluszny (Hopewell) made a game- and career-high 13 tackles (11 solo) and one sack. ... Indiana freshman linebacker Tyler Altman (Greater Latrobe) played but did not record any tackles.

Empty bleachers

Coming into the game, Indiana was averaging a little more than 29,000 fans per game this year at 54,000-seat Memorial Stadium. Yesterday's announced attendance on Senior Day was 24,092.

Nittany notes

Tight end Patrick Hall and wideout Terrell Golden each made their first career starts. ... Offensive lineman Ross Muir, a freshman from Nobelsville, Ind., was added to the traveling roster but did not play.

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