Tom Bradley wants to keep Penn St. job

Updated: November 23, 2011, 10:21 AM ET
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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Penn State interim coach Tom Bradley would like to get the Nittany Lions job on a permanent basis.

The longtime defensive coordinator took over for Joe Paterno after the Hall of Famer got fired by school trustees in the aftermath of child sex abuse charges against retired assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

Bradley said Tuesday he's not worried about the search but focusing on helping Penn State (No. 19 BCS, No. 20 AP) win the Big Ten. The Nittany Lions face Wisconsin (No. 16 BCS, No. 15 AP) on Saturday for a berth in the inaugural conference title game.

The 55-year-old Bradley says he "certainly would want the permanent job here," but if he doesn't get it he at least wants to look back and say he gave everything he had to help his team.

"I'm not concerned about what other people think. I'm worried about what our administration thinks and what the people that are going to make that decision think," Bradley said at his weekly news conference in Beaver Stadium.

Before last Saturday's victory at Ohio State, Penn State acting athletic director Dave Joyner said he and president Rodney Erickson would pick Paterno's successor.

"I have no objection to a Penn State-tied person," Joyner said, according to The Patriot-News of Harrisburg. "On the other hand, whoever is the best person is going to get the job."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.