The announcement that Penn State assistant coach Tom Bradley is now the interim head coach of the Penn State football team is the latest in a whirlwind of events swirling around Penn State University. Late Wednesday night the Penn State Board of Trustees announced that Joe Paterno and Graham Spanier had been fired, a stunning development that brought reaction from players and came on the heels of the news that the 84-year-old Paterno had hoped to remain and retire at the end of the season. Our TV crew on Big Ten Football & Beyond covered it all Wednesday night.
Here’s the full text of a statement released by Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osborne regarding the Huskers’ upcoming game at Penn State on Saturday: “I am saddened to learn of the recent events at Penn State and we will continue to monitor the developments on their campus. We will hold the alleged victims and all those involved in our thoughts and prayers.”
D. J. Dozier was a star running back for Joe Paterno and the Penn State football team and was named All-American in 1986. Our BTN crew spoke with the former Nittany Lions standout on Thursday morning after Tom Bradley was formally announced as the interim head coach of the Penn State football team. They also spoke with former Penn State defensive standout Michael Haynes, and that video is posted further down in this post.
NCAA president Mark Emmert sent out this statement on Thursday: “Regarding the ongoing Penn State criminal investigation, the NCAA is actively monitoring developments and assessing appropriate steps moving forward. The NCAA will defer in the immediate term to law enforcement officials since this situation involved alleged crimes. As the facts are established through the justice system, we will determine whether Association bylaws have been violated and act accordingly. To be clear, civil and criminal law will always take precedence over Association rules.” Read the full AP story here.
Penn State interim football coach Tom Bradley spoke with reporters at Penn State on Thursday morning and said, ” I take this job with very mixed emotions due to the situation.” BTN streamed the event live and has posted the entire press conference right here in this post.
BTN is on the air now live as Penn State introduces Tom Bradley as interim head football coach. The press conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. ET. Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith will host coverage from BTN studios in Chicago and Rick Pizzo is in State College. BTN will have updates throughout the day as news breaks. The press conference coverage is now also streaming live at our BTN.com live streaming page now.
Thursday night at 7 p.m. ET on Tailgate 48 presented by Omaha Steaks our crew brings you the sights and sounds from their tailgate weekend at Iowa before and during the game against Michigan. In addition to their usual coverage of the fans before the game and the game itself, this week our hosts Julie Alexandria and Jason Fisher serve up a number of great moments.