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Updates on Tom Bradley, Paul Chryst

As of this post, Tom Bradley is still Penn State's defensive coordinator and Paul Chryst is still Wisconsin's offensive coordinator.

But for how much longer?

Both men are in the mix for the head-coaching position at Pittsburgh, and Bradley seems to be at or near the top of the Panthers' list. Chryst interviewed Wednesday with Pitt and I'd expect him to take the job if offered.

Bradley also will interview Friday at Connecticut for its coaching vacancy, The Harford Courant is reporting.

Colleague Brian Bennett thinks that the longtime Penn State assistant would do well at either Big East job.

Bennett writes: "He's still young enough, at 54, to have plenty of energy, and he has long been viewed as a top-flight recruiter. His ties in Pennsylvania, of course, would be an enormous asset to Pitt. They would also help UConn, which will probably alter its recruiting strategy in the post-Randy Edsall era, and Bradley could help open more doors for the Huskies."

Pitt certainly could do worse than Bradley, who has recruited the Pittsburgh area well for years. Bradley would be a big loss for Penn State, especially if he takes assistants Ron Vanderlinden and/or Larry Johnson with him. But if Vanderlinden and Johnson remain in Happy Valley, Penn State's defense will be in good hands.

It does seem like now more than ever Penn State assistants are looking to make moves.

Wisconsin fans got some potentially good news Thursday as Texas reportedly has hired Boise State's Bryan Harsin to serve as co-offensive coordinator with Major Applewhite. Chryst interviewed for the Texas vacancy earlier this week and reportedly received an offer.

There's also the possibility of Chryst jumping to the NFL, especially after his pal Jason Garrett was named Dallas Cowboys coach today. It's more likely Chryst leaves UW for an NFL coordinator spot than one in college, although I can't see him turning down a college head-coaching spot.

More to come regarding these two top Big Ten assistants, so stay tuned.