January 3, 2012

Spoiler alert: No.

I do get it. I do get the logic and how it can be arrived at that point, but the reasons for it not happening are just too overwhelming. Granted I was wrong on whether Pitt would actually fire Wannstedt. I was wrong on thinking that FraudGraham’s sales patter was irrelevant — as long as there were results. So maybe my track record on what to expect regarding Pitt football coaching activities are less than impressive.

Wait. Let’s start over. I seemed to have digressed.

There was the early rumor/nugget buried in what was a Penn State story:

Bradley repeated Monday he will stick with the program “until the end.”

However, he has said he expects to have other opportunities for a coaching job.

One may emerge at Pitt, if the timing is right. Bradley is on a short list of contenders to serve as defensive coordinator for new Panthers coach Paul Chryst, sources said. Chryst finished his tenure as Wisconsin’s offensive coordinator Monday in the Rose Bowl against Oregon.

Sure it was a Trib PSU beat reporter reporting that nugget, but maybe there was something.

Then came Sports By Brooks making the full declaration that Bradley was not only a candidate, but the primary candidate. In fact he would be doing a direct interview with new Pitt HC Paul Chryst and AD Steve Pederson. A certain logic there. Given the Sandusky scandal hanging over Penn State and what was known by any and all coaches at PSU, no way could Bradley just interview with Chryst. There would have to be deeper vetting. Plus, SbB offered compelling reasons why Pitt would consider this. Heavy pressure being brought to bare:

In Bradley’s pursuit of the Pitt assistant position sources have indicated to SbB that one of his main allies is the Steelers, or more specifically, the Rooney family. Pitt is a ‘tenant’ of the Steelers practice facility and Bradley’s brother, Dr. James P. Bradley, is an orthopedic surgeon and lead team doctor for the NFL club.

Yes, factual error regarding Pitt’s status at the UPMC South Side complex. That said, it’s been an open secret that the Rooney family thinks highly of Bradley. So it seems plausible. Plus, SbB nailed it earlier with Chryst’s hiring. Admittedly SbB tends to throw a lot of s–t against the wall to see what sticks, but maybe he is plugged in on this. Maybe it isn’t just Bradley’s agent and friends trying to gin up interest for the guy.

Joe Starkey of the Trib and 93.7 discounted it. So there’s that.

Paul Zeise, after landing in Birmingham also disagreed slightly.

It is not going to happen at Pitt. Period. Not going to happen.

I’ve been told this numerous times  by the right people. The only way I can make anyone believe me is, well, I can’t because so many people insist on making him a candidate for every job at Pitt….

With regards to Bradley, however, I’ll just say this – I’ve been told emphatically it is not going to happen, period. Among a number of other reasons that I won’t go into unless you really want to be bored, here is the biggest one — Paul Chryst has his own guys that he has worked with before and he is going to choose from one of them. So let’s move on, it is not going to happen, it is time to close that book.

I simply do not see it happening. Not from any inside knowledge. Not from the fact that he is a PSU-lifer. Not because of the Rooneys. It is simply the situation. There is no way Pitt is taking a chance on anyone on PSU’s coaching staff. Not when too much is not known about who really knew what and when about Sandusky. It’s been clear that some cover-up occurred. It is unclear how many others knew or suspected.

As I’ve said,  before Pitt is not going to hire anyone from PSU’s staff until well after the investigation and trial of Sandusky — along with the perjury trials — are complete. Too many questions. Too much potential embarrassment. Too much risk without even the chance of plausible deniability.

Or as FeartheStache put it:

Bradley very well might have known absolutely nothing about Sandusky – or at least nothing he could prove. But if you’re Pitt, already reeling from bad news after bad news after bad news, are you really going to take a chance on a guy who could end up indicted by the end of the year?


“Tom Bradley is not worth any risk. It’s not like we’re talking about Vince Lombardi here. He’s a decent coach that happens to have ties to Pittsburgh. There are plenty of other capable DCs out there that dont come with the baggage. NO to Bradley. The State Penn is toxic right now and Pitt needs to stay as far away from that situation as possible.
Comment by Coach Ditka 01.04.12 @ 9:33 am”

Exactly. Certain members of the Pittsburgh press and Pitt sports community along with the Steelers have made a concerted effort for the last 10-15 years to build Tom Bradley up as some kind of football god, he isn’t. He’s a decent DC and a formerly good recruiter who has lost recruiters regularly to Ohio State and Michigan in the last decade. Find someone not connected to the impending Apocalypse of Happy Valley.

Comment by deepelemblues 01.04.12 @ 12:09 pm

who knows, maybe Tomsula will be Ped State’s next DC

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Just what PSU needs, the new DC a Ron Jeremy look-alike

Comment by wbb 01.04.12 @ 12:13 pm

No way Bradley gets an interview. I think Bradley knew about Sandusky and was told to keep quiet by the superiors. Being part of the cover up taints Bradley. Maybe he gets exonerated but i doubt it and here is why. Assume most people saw this article but it ties Paterno, spanier, shultz, second mile to a motive which I believe may be the smoking gun. they were looking to protect their investment as much or more than protecting the university.

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Comment by pittfan92 01.04.12 @ 12:30 pm

Zeise’s article quotes Dodge in Summer Camp not the present. They get to speak with Dodge tomorrow. Chillax on the Myers stuff…if he’s good he’ll play, if he sucks he’ll sit.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 01.04.12 @ 12:55 pm

So you’re saying there’s a chance?

Comment by The Incline 01.04.12 @ 1:00 pm

Grab Bradley if you can get him. Period. Hes a recruiter and a hell of a coach.

Comment by tony 01.04.12 @ 1:01 pm

“chillax” is a great word. going use that one, TT. I am still laughing (not AT anyone) at Big Bill’s comment about firing up DRW. Where are you, DRW? I say this as a Myers fan (based upon HS film). Might we see something other than “high octane” against SMU that would allow Myers to play a few series?

Comment by Bossdaws 01.04.12 @ 1:03 pm

@ The Incline:

Nice Dumb and Dumber reference. LOL. 🙂

Comment by Pitt Is It 01.04.12 @ 1:23 pm

Just saw this tweet from ESPN’s Joe Schad.

“schadjoe Joe Schad

Tom Bradley not a candidate for Pitt DC; Chryst has others in mind at this time”

So, who are these “others”? Is it too much to ask for a list of possible candidates! All this secrecy is driving me nuts!!


Comment by Steelfan 01.04.12 @ 1:37 pm

Steelfan, maybe we should freeze you ASAP and then thaw you out next Monday

Comment by wbb 01.04.12 @ 1:41 pm

LOL, I come on here today and it’s the gift that keeps on giving. Tom Bradley rumors.

Will it EVER end?

I guess the 600 yards that Houston (the 2nd place C-USA team) and what should have been 50 points didn’t lay it to rest. That was after Bradley had 30 days to prepare his defense for Houston’s spread. His defense might work in the plodding Big 10 against the Indiana’s, Minnesota’s, Purdue’s, Illinois’s and the rest of them(though PC’s Wisconsin did lay 45 points on Ped State). Even if there was no Sandusky, that defense won’t work in the speedy ACC, where the spread is a force. Example Clemson with Chad Morris won the league and while the ACC isn’t as good as say the SEC, it still has lots of speed.

Oh and by the way, the Steelers are the tenant at the UPMC practice facility. Let’s get that straight. Oh yea the Yinzers will never fathom that because no one ever told them!

Comment by Emel 01.04.12 @ 1:43 pm

Sounds good. Just make sure I’m thawed out in time for the National Championship game (;

Comment by Steelfan 01.04.12 @ 1:47 pm

Just read that Chryst has Dave Wannstadt in mind for DC and Walt Harris for OC, and Pederson has okay’d it. Also Austin for Assistant Head Coach, and Bradley for designated HC in waiting, since he was so good at that at PSU. No spot for Sal Sunseri yet.

Comment by velvil 01.04.12 @ 1:56 pm

Football scoop says Huxtable next DC as per today.

Comment by dead, jail, or pitt football 01.04.12 @ 2:00 pm

[…] Close the book on those guys and move on to other speculation and crazy rumors. […]

Dead, jail or pitt football is correct.

Pitt: Sources confirming to us that Wisconsin linebackers coach Dave Huxtable will be Paul Chryst’s defensive coordinator.

Comment by Emel 01.04.12 @ 2:12 pm

Info for you all.ASU QB Osweilers looking to leave ASU.

Comment by FRANKCAN 01.04.12 @ 2:20 pm

Wonder if Graham would give him a release to come to PITT. haha 🙂

Comment by Emel 01.04.12 @ 2:24 pm

Wisconsin’s offense looked great in the Rose Bowl. Their defense, not so much. Looks like we got the best of their coaching talent already. Maybe we should look elsewhere for a DC.
Osweilers could be a good addition for Pitt and karma for Fraud Graham.

Comment by Houston Panther 01.04.12 @ 2:26 pm


Comment by FRANKCAN 01.04.12 @ 2:28 pm

EMel and outhers this is what i dont understand i can go to my sites and they will say for example ucla wants to hire so and so or they will say NCstate has hired jim bob and allso whant dave for DC but he turned them down. you get the point

Comment by FRANKCAN 01.04.12 @ 2:38 pm

Wonder how much the story the media released about the Rooney’s welcoming Paul Chryst when he came for his press conference the other week, comes into play in this. We heard that Dan Rooney’s wife gave Chyrst’s wife their phone number, blah, blah blah.

Did they not welcome Graham the same way? Could their zeal for Bradley being hired last year, and then not being hired, somehow taint the relationship they had with Graham. It was kind of strange reading some of the stories being written by the media about the relationship between Graham & the Steelers. I wonder….

Comment by Emel 01.04.12 @ 2:45 pm

Wasn’t Smiley a former spook at CIA….Frankcan?


Comment by Emel 01.04.12 @ 2:55 pm

EMel check that site i gave you and you will see how it is all out there.
except PITT there will be one or two things on pitt and tons on everybody else just seams like we have no leaks i know louse lips sink ships but this is just football

Comment by FRANKCAN 01.04.12 @ 3:13 pm

In a bowl matchup that many in the media said Va Tech shouldn’t have been in, but had no problems with the Big 10 team being in. More bias shall we say.

Virginia Tech (11-3) more than doubled Michigan’s total yards, 377-184, and had 22 first downs to Michigan’s 12, but settled for four field goals in regulation by third-string kicker Justin Myer.

Va Tech was the better team! ACC deserved a better outcome losing in OT.

Comment by Emel 01.04.12 @ 3:19 pm

Yeah watching that game last nifht, vt won that game in every aspect except for the score. They deserved to win. Oh well. By the way, were the two kickers who were suspended Jeff reed’s kids?

Comment by usd121 01.04.12 @ 3:27 pm

Clemson needs to win tonight.

1) Because they’re playing the Hoopies
2) They’re representing the ACC (our new home)
3) Clemson is actually a real university
4) Because Holgy might go on a bender in South Beach and do something really stupid if they get thoroughly trashed
5) Because they’re playing the Hoopies.

Comment by Emel 01.04.12 @ 3:34 pm


Holgy is likely to go on a bender in South Beach win or lose, so does point #4 really matter??

Comment by dinosaur 71 01.04.12 @ 3:59 pm

FRANKCAN…those loose lips are starting to sink those ships.

Comment by Tossing Thabeets 01.04.12 @ 4:49 pm


No, but it was an entertaining thought. haha

Comment by Emel 01.04.12 @ 5:10 pm

and the new DC is……
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Comment by toga toga toga 01.04.12 @ 7:24 pm

RMU needs a head coach in 2013….Tom Bradley will be that coach.
Pitt needs a DC….I have nominated Jerry O, but need the Rooneys to consent. Should I mention Kevin Costner or is that in bad taste?

Comment by SFPitt 01.04.12 @ 7:40 pm

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