It was late and dark by the time Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley left his office this past Saturday following the Nittany Lions' 10-7 win over Illinois, and as he walked past the Bryce Jordan Center, he noticed a 20-something man sitting in a wheelchair at the top of the hill.
Bradley said hello, walked halfway down the hill and then backtracked.
It turned out the young man had broken his glasses, was lost and couldn't get in touch with his family. Bradley wanted to help, but it took some convincing.
"He wasn't sure who I was," Bradley said. "I said, 'It's OK; I'm Tom Bradley.' He said, 'No you're not.' I said, 'Here, look at my game plan.'"
Not everyone knows or recognizes Penn State's first new head coach in 46 seasons -- Bradley wears wire-rimmed glasses, not Coke-bottle glasses -- but following the abrupt firing of Joe Paterno on Wednesday night and the dismissal of the university president, everyone in and around that program now is blindly searching for someone to lead them. Bradley, a former player who is in his 33rd season with Penn State, has been chosen by university officials to lead the program through indisputably its darkest period in school history.
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