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Will Pitt see the light?
January 6, 2011 - Neil Rudel
The Tom Bradley/Pitt football watch is clearly in high gear.
Two media outlets -- WTAE-TV and the Harrisburg Patriot-News -- both reported Bradley had been offered and/or had accepted the position Wednesday night. Pitt quickly refuted the reports, and at least the Patriot apologized for jumping the gun.
So the process continues, at least into today when it could be finalized with Bradley or Alabama assistant head coach Sal Sunseri, a former Pitt player, or a darkhorse candidate.
While it says here both candidates are certainly worthy, it truly has been amazing the buzz Bradley's candidacy has generated. Message boards and talk shows have absolutely blown up with hundreds of comments, particularly on Bob Smizik's popular blog on postgazette.com, going up with each update.
Pitt has got to see that.
Bradley could give Pitt more buzz than it's had lately. Interest was waning under Dave Wannstedt, and the hiring of Michael Haywood, even before he committed professional suicide, likely generated no new season tickets.
Bradley's hiring clearly would. You're talking about somebody who has spent his career building relationships with high school coaches, media and fans not only at Penn State and Pittsburgh but all parts inbetween. He's popular here in Altoona, and he's a Johnstown native. There's no question he'd attract more Western Pennsylvania interest than anybody Pitt could hire.
And once the Joe Paterno Era is over, Bradley has a better chance to resurrect the Penn State-Pitt series than anyone.
This is not to suggest no one else could do the job at Pitt. It is to say no one could create more interest.