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Bolden decides to stay at Penn State

January 8, 2011
By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com

Quarterback Rob Bolden has decided not to transfer and will remain at Penn State, according to his former high school quarterback coach.

Don Buchanan told The Daily Collegian on Friday that he has been in touch with Bolden and that the freshman will return to Penn State. Bolden had been seeking a release from his scholarship so he could transfer, but Joe Paterno denied the release request Tuesday.

"He expects to compete for the starting quarterback job and will go through spring practices and everything," Buchanan, who coached Bolden at Orchard Lake St. Mary's Prep in Michigan, told The Collegian.

The Bolden family could not be reached for comment Friday.

Without a transfer release from Paterno, Bolden would have to pay his own way while sitting out at a Division I-A school for the next academic year.

By returning to the Nittany Lions, Bolden will be competing with Matt McGloin and Paul Jones for the starting job during spring drills. He still could choose to seek a transfer release from Paterno after that if he wishes.

"One thing I do know about Rob is that he's a very passionate young man," Buchanan told The Collegian. "He's not going to go and have distractions get in his way. If he's out there to compete, he's out there to give Coach Paterno and the rest of the team his best effort, and I know he will do that."

Bradley update

Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley is scheduled to interview for the Connecticut head coaching job Sunday, while he waits on his fate for the Pitt vacancy.

Bradley told the Philadelphia Daily News on Friday that he's not happy with media reports Wednesday that had him already getting the Pitt job.

"I'm kind of disappointed with some members of your profession," Bradley told a reporter. "Nothing is happening right now, OK? I've lost respect for people who were in such a hurry to get something first, rather than to get it right. It's done more harm than good."

WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh reported Bradley had the job Wednesday night. Shortly thereafter, a story on the Harrisburg Patriot-News website reported Bradley had sent text messages to PSU players about getting the job, and that story was retracted the same night.

Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster interviewed for the Pitt job on Friday. Tulsa head coach Todd Graham also received a second interview Friday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, while Florida defensive coordinator Teryl Austin and Stanford assistant head coach Greg Roman are scheduled to interview Sunday.

 
 
 

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