BY RON MUSSELMAN
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. —
Tom Bradley has been working as an analyst for a Pittsburgh radio station this week during the NFL Scouting Combine.
It appears the Bishop McCort High School graduate soon will be putting that work behind him and returning to coaching.
Bradley, a former Penn State player and long-time assistant under coach Joe Paterno, has agreed to join the West Virginia coaching staff, the university said on Friday.
“Tom brings numerous years of successful college coaching experience and versatility,” Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen said in the announcement. “He is an excellent defensive teacher, has high energy and intensity and gives us a proven recruiter with regional and national ties. I look forward to Tom joining the Mountaineer family, and I know he will work extremely well with Tony (Gibson), our defense coordinator. The two have known each other for quite some time and share many of the same philosophies. We have put together a strong defensive staff under Tony’s leadership.”
The Mountaineers open spring practice March 2.
Bradley, 57, spent 33 seasons as an assistant coach under Paterno and finished up with a four-game stint as interim head coach of the Nittany Lions after Paterno was fired in November 2011 in wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse allegations.
Bradley, who replaced Sandusky as defensive coordinator in 2000 after he retired, was not retained when former coach Bill O’Brien was hired as Paterno’s full-time replacement in January 2012.
“I am truly excited to join the West Virginia football program,” Bradley said in the offical announcement. “I want to thank Coach Dana Holgorsen and Oliver Luck for this tremendous opportunity to contribute to the continued growth and success of the Mountaineer football program. Tony Gibson and I have recruited against each other in Pennsylvania for a lot of years, and it will be good to finally be on his side. I look forward to working with my friend to build a strong defensive unit at West Virginia.
Ron Musselman is a freelance writer who covers the NFL. Follow him on Twitter at @ronmusselman8.