Waiting Game Continues for Bradley

Penn State's interim head coach has been told the school won't make a final decision until after the Nittany Lions face Houston in the TicketCity Bowl.

DALLAS -- Penn State interim head coach Tom Bradley has been told the university will not make a decision on replacing Joe Paterno until after the Nittany Lions face Houston in the TicketCity Bowl on Jan. 2.

"We haven't heard a thing about it," Bradley said before Penn State practiced at Bishop Lynch High on Tuesday morning. "They said they were going to wait until after the bowl."

Bradley, who has interviewed for the full-time job, contends he is not letting the drawn-out process affect him or the team. Paterno was fired on Nov. 9 in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal and a search committee to find his replacement has been in place since the end of November.

"Whatever happens, I'm going to hang in there until the last minute and do what I can for my players," Bradley said.

Without being specific, Bradley said other schools have reached out to him and fellow coaches on the Penn State staff about filling open positions. But the same staff that worked the final few weeks of the regular season remains intact going into the bowl.

"A lot of us have been contacted by other schools," Bradley said. "I'd be naïve to think that wouldn't happen. I've got a heck of a good coaching staff here, and people would be foolish not to contact them."

If the stress over the past couple of months is taking its toll on Bradley, he is not letting on publicly. He spent much of his on-field press conference on Tuesday joking with reporters.

Asked if he had some time to step back and reflect over the Christmas holiday, he laughed.

"Santa wasn't real good to me this year, OK," he said with a smile.

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