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Pitt decision keeps PSU staff stable

January 10, 2011 - Neil Rudel
The University of Pittsburgh's decision to hire Tulsa's Todd Graham may not be good for Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley but, at least for now, it keeps the Nittany Lion coaching staff intact.

And as long as Joe Paterno hangs onto the Nittany Lions' controls, the stability is positive for Penn State.

Bradley was very interested in the Pitt job, and his name has been linked to the head coaching job at UConn as well. He was also a finalist for the Temple job but lost out to Steve Addazio of Florida.

Despite reports to the contrary, Bradley has yet to be interviewed at UConn.

The guess here is if Bradley was not going to land in Pittsburgh, he will stay at Penn State, where he's comfortable, until the end of the Paterno Era.

Graham has a quality resume, but his hiring will not create the buzz in Pittsburgh that Bradley's would have. In the end, Steve Pederson put a higher priority on head-coaching experience.

Whether he's right won't be determined for at least two years.

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