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Penn State Football: AP: Bradley Hopes to Talk about Head Coaching Job Next Week

by on December 08, 2011 8:50 PM

Interim coach Tom Bradley is hoping to talk next week with acting athletic director Dave Joyner about becoming the permanent head football coach at Penn State, The Associated Press reported Thursday.

Joyner said Penn State ties would not be viewed as a negative, and the new coach would not need to have head coaching experience, according to the AP.

Bradley was expected to interview for the position this week. The two were in Dallas on Thursday to officially accept an invitation to the TicketCity Bowl. No. 24 Penn State (9-3) will face No. 20 Houston (12-1) at noon Jan. 2 at Cotton Bowl Stadium.

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Penn State President Rod Erickson has said he would like a new football coach in place by the bowl game, but Joyner said Thursday that he's looking at a 30-day window to find a replacement for Joe Paterno, who was fired Nov. 9 in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

"We've got to do this search as rapidly as we can," Joyner told reporters in Dallas.

Joyner is heading the six-person search committee tasked with finding Penn State's next coach. Two people have interviewed for the position so far, including Jay Paterno, the son of Joe Paterno and the team's quarterbacks coach, a source said. The committee is considering hiring a coach with NFL ties, as well.

A couple members of the committee are out of the State College area through the rest of the week. Women’s volleyball coach Russ Rose and senior woman administrator Charmelle Green are in Lexington, Ky., for the volleyball regional semifinal.

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