I can't imagine any of the current staff will be around next year, although who knows anything anymore?
But Tom Bradley is in charge for at least the next two or three or four games, and he's acting as if what he does now matters, and not just on the football field:
"Q. I know you were planning on having a call with all the current players, their parents. What was that call like and what are some of the concerns you're hearing from them?
COACH BRADLEY: Basically we wanted to make sure that we were it actually turned out to be a very positive experience. It wasn't like it was a witch hunt where they were asking why we were playing different people. .
They had some questions regarding a lot of different things. I'm actually thinking about instituting maybe once every two weeks we have those, whether it be an academic information (session) for the parents, when we go to a bowl game, what we expect from the players.... .
There's a whole bunch of different areas that we can communicate better with our parents, be more transparent. So they understand I want them to be on the same page, want them all to hear the same thing. We give them an opportunity, we give them a number to call in, they can call in and field their questions, and they've been good questions about all different things. And I just want to make sure that we continue on that path. ."
The thing is, I don't see that he's doing this for a job next year, at Penn State or anywhere. Whether he ever coaches again in college football, today he is the head coach of the Penn State football team. And that's all he cares about doing, and being there for the kids, the parents, the staff, the program. Decisive, unflinching, caring. That's EXACTLY what Penn State needs right now.
Kudos, Tom Bradley. Whatever your coaching record at Penn State ends up being, you're a winner.