Already we’ve seen that QBs Rob Bolden and Kevin Newsome are looking to transfer out of Penn State’s program.
Now there may be someone else. Not a player.
After the Pitt debacle, in which Wannstadt’s replacement, Mike Haywood, was let go after just four weeks because of a domestic violence incident, rumors are that Pitt is going to hire Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley.
As a PSU alum, I’m happy for Bradley. I also wonder if it accentuates the need for Joe to go.
I love JoePa. I love what he has done and meant to and for Penn State. But put it this way, I’m worried about succession here. For years, it was thought defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky would take over for Joe. In 1999, Sandusky retired (I thought that is when Joe should have left, but give Joe credit for Orange and Rose Bowl appearances since then). One good assistant and possible replacement gone.
Now another could be gone. So if anything happens, who now replaces Joe when it is time (it’s coming, we don’t know when and many would say it’s past due)?
Some might say instead of taking the Pitt job, Bradley should be taking over the PSU job. Now.
Much as I respect JoePa, I disagree with those who say Joe should leave whenever he wants. He’s the employee, the university is the employer. Let’s not forget that. I always have maintained that when a coach gets bigger than the university, there are problems. Granted Joe hasn’t embarrassed PSU as some other “bigger than the university” coaches have embarrassed their employer, but still.
So who’s next in line if Bradley goes? Please don’t say Jay Paterno. There are alumni like myself who aren’t happy Jay is there in the first place and definitely don’t want him replacing the old man. Nepotism, anyone? Galen Hall is an assistant coach, as is Dick Anderson. Both were head coaches elsewhere (FLA and Rutgers) but both aren’t that young anymore themselves.
Here is a wish, probably not to come true. Joe hangs on a few more years, (I’m not happy about that, but…) and in a couple of years, Urban Meyer gets the itch to coach again. PSU then goes after Meyer.
Hey, I can dream, can’t I?