05 January 2011
Light it up. WTAE is among the local news sources reporting that Tom Bradley will be the head coach of the Pittsburgh Panthers.
I'll be updating this page as the night goes on. So if anything else pops, up post it in the comments or tweet me.
If true, welcome Coach Bradley. Hail to Pitt.
UPDATE 1: Some cold water has been tossed on the WTAE report. First, Paul Zeise has this to say:
Tom Bradley has now been classified as a "very strong" candidate by a couple of sources who made it clear he has not yet been offered the job.
I repeat, he has not yet been offered the job.
One person with knowledge of the situation said things could be headed in that direction at some point as the university would like to get this search wrapped up by the weekend but also said that Steve Pederson would be talking to at least two other coaches and might have even already talked to one of them today.
Now, that was at 6:49 p.m., and the way this past week has been, two hours is a long time ago. Then again, Zeise is probably the most connected reporter into the program so his word carries a lot of weight. But then again (again), he's in Birmingham.
The rumor/news site CollegeFootballTalk.com is running with the WTAE report, while FootballRumorMill.com says that it's "premature" and that Tulsa's Todd Graham is set to interview for the job. Around and around we go.
But to hell with reporting, Bradley's Wikipedia page lists him as the head coach of Pitt. Must be true!
UPDATE 2: Pitt has put out an official denial. Is this "Russ Grimm to coach Steelers" or "Pitt to Big 10," we shall see. But this seems to have building over the past few days. Where is Tim Russert with his white board when you need him?
UPDATE 3: Tom Bradley has sent text messages to Penn State players indicating that he likely will be the head coach of the Pitt Panthers. The text, per PennLive.com:
"Love you kids. Going to miss you. Wish I could take you with me. Anything I can do for you, let me know."
I'm sold. Welcome Coach Bradley.
UPDATE 4: And Florida goes BACK to George W. Bush! Er, wait, wrong mess. The PennLive reporter from the above update is now RETRACTING his story about the text messages:
A previous report I made that Tom Bradley texted players that he had been offered the Pitt job is erroneous. PSU sources indicating as much proved to be unfounded. I am responsible and I profoundly regret this error.
Journalism is dead.
UPDATE 5: Tonight's final update, courtesy of Penn State linebacker Nate Stupar:
I have a strict no tweeting college athletes policy - it just crosses a line for me personally - but the above tweet is being widely used as a source, so I feel somewhat compelled to share it.
With that, I'm off for the night. Absolutely insane night.
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