Report: WVU set to hire former Penn State DC Tom Bradley


With one opening left on his West Virginia staff, Dana Holgorsen is reportedly looking at one of the most veteran and accomplished coaches still residing on the coaching unemployment line.

Citing “industry sources,” is reporting that former Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley has agreed to join Holgorsen in Morgantown.  The website reports that an official announcement is scheduled to be made next week ahead of the start of spring practice.

What Bradley’s title will be remains unknown, although it won’t be solo coordinator as Holgorsen Friday confirmed that safeties coach Tony Gibson, as had previously been reported, has been promoted to DC.

Bradley spent 21 seasons on Joe Paterno‘s Nittany Lions coaching staff, with five years of his first seven years on the offensive side of the ball.  The coach nicknamed “Scrap” took over outside linebackers in 1985, a title he held until 1995 when he moved to the secondary for the next four years.  In 2000, Bradley replaced Jerry Sandusky as coordinator, a job he remained in until 2011.

Bradley was named interim head coach following Paterno’s dismissal, but was not retained by new Nittany Lions head coach Bill O’Brien.  He has spent the past two seasons in the broadcast side of the game.

SEC shut out of AP top five for first time in half a decade

Stephen F. Austin visits Amon G. Carter Stadium to play the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs.
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The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.

Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.

And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.

That group breaks down as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah

An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska

Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.

None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.

Georgia loses ILB Reggie Carter for the season

Reggie Carter, Charone Peake
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After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.

Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.

The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.

Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.