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Thursday, January 6, 2011
3-point stance: Paterno assistant's time is near

By Ivan Maisel

1. Tom “Scrap” Bradley played at Penn State. He has coached defense for Joe Paterno since 1979. He has been designated as the obvious guy to replace Paterno for as long as anyone can remember. And now Bradley is in the running to become head coach at Pittsburgh, once the Nittany Lions’ fiercest rival. It reminds me of how Pat Dye coached for Bear Bryant for years before he became head coach at Auburn. I hope Bradley is as successful as Dye. He’s in the Hall of Fame.

2. Auburn quarterback Cam Newton spoke with reverence Wednesday of being in high school watching Vince Young lead Texas to the 2005 national championship. Five years later, Newton is on the precipice of a national title, and one week away from leaving for the NFL a year early, just as Young did. The Tennessee Titans announced Wednesday that they would release Young next month. It sure doesn’t seem as if Newton needs another year of college football. And then you see what has happened to Young.

3. Tigers offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn won the Frank Broyles Award as the assistant coach of the year and turned down the Vanderbilt job, which appeared to make him a shoo-in for Mr. Hot Assistant 2010. Don’t look now, but Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst is making a late charge. Chryst appears to be a candidate both as the head coach at Pitt and to replace Greg Davis as OC at Texas. Hey, I’m not saying Chryst isn’t a good coach. But he doesn’t get to take that Badger offensive line with him.