“Those reports are erroneous, false and absolutely deplorable,” said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “They are entirely false. This is what happens when people don't do their homework.”
Wednesday, TV station WTAE in Pittsburgh reported that Bradley would be named the head coach of the Panthers. Pitt accepted the resignation of Dave Wannstedt following the regular season and hired Miami of Ohio head coach Mike Haywood to replace him. Haywood was fired shortly after being charged with felony domestic violence Dec. 31.
Bradley was not interviewed for the position after Wannstedt resigned. However, he was invited in for an interview after Haywood was fired. It happened earlier this week.
Wednesday evening, the story that Bradley was about to be named head coach at Pitt began to take on a life of its own.
Besides the WTAE story, the Harrisburg Patriot-News reported online that Bradley had sent a text to Penn State players saying he was leaving the program. The Patriot-News later recanted the report as false.
By that time, however, current players were already contacting Bradley to ask why they were left out of the loop.
“Because there was no text to any player,” the source said.
Adding fuel to the fire, that same evening Penn State linebacker Nate Stupar Tweeted a congratulations to Bradley for being named head coach at Pitt. Stupar later admitted via Twitter that his Tweet was based on the same rumors fans were hearing, saying:
“To all followers ... I hear what you hear. Don't hate - ha ha.”
The source added that Bradley remains highly interested in the job and will likely accept if offered the position.
“He wants a chance to be a head coach,” the source said.
Bradley has been a full-time member of the Penn State coaching staff since 1980. He has served as defensive coordinator since 2000, and prior to 2010 had led the Nittany Lions to six consecutive NCAA top 15 finishes in total and scoring defense.