Earlier this week, Urban Meyer claimed he had “no issue” with his current Ohio State defensive coordinator as the Penn State scandal flared up yet again. Thursday, it was another head coach’s turn to stand by his man.
In court documents unsealed earlier this week, it was alleged that Joe Paterno, along with some members of his Penn State coaching staff, had knowledge of convicted serial pedophile Jerry Sandusky sexually abusing boys as far back as 1976. According to testimony from former PSU assistant Mike McQueary, then-defensive coordinator and current UCLA DC Tom Bradley told him of an incident in the nineties in which then-defensive backs coach and current OSU DC Greg Schiano witnessed something untoward involving Sandusky.
Specifically, it was alleged that “Greg had come into his office white as a ghost and said he just saw Jerry doing something to a boy in the shower,” McQueary testified, regarding what he claims Bradley had told him. “And that’s it. That’s all he ever told me.”
“At no time did Tom Bradley ever witness any inappropriate behavior,” a statement from his representatives released shortly thereafter began. “Nor did he have any knowledge of alleged incidents in the 80’s and 90’s. He has consistently testified as such. Any assertions to the contrary are false.”
Like Meyer did with a member of his coaching staff, Jim Mora defended Bradley in his first public comments on the development.
“I know this about Tom: He is a man of integrity,” the Bruins head coach told ESPN.com. “He’s been vetted by a number of different people as well as UCLA — very, very thoroughly. It took us a long time to hire him because our university takes these things very seriously. So we went through the process of vetting his background and his stories and he made a statement and he stands by that statement and I stand by him. I feel comfortable with that.”
Bradley spent 33 seasons as an assistant under Paterno, taking over as interim head coach after the Paterno was fired in the wake of the Sandusky sex scandal. Bradley was not retained by Bill O’Brien the following season, and was out of football for three years before being hired by West Virginia as defensive line coach in 2014.
In February of last year, he was hired by UCLA.