Bradley exits Penn State
Longtime defensive coordinator Tom Bradley is officially leaving Penn State.
The veteran assistant under Joe Paterno wasn’t expected to be retained by new coach Bill O’Brien. On Friday, Bradley posted on his Twitter account that he finished packing up his office late Thursday.
“Walked out the doors proud with a lot of great memories and friends and a better man,” he wrote.
O’Brien named six members of his new staff Thursday and officially added two more yesterday: defensive coordinator Ted Roof and secondary coach John Butler. Roof accepted the same position with Central Florida just a month ago; he had led Auburn’s defense before that. Butler was special teams coordinator at South Carolina.
NCAA unveils reform ideas
The NCAA outlined plans to penalize repeat rule-breakers with tougher sanctions, save money by cutting football and women’s basketball scholarships and trim its 400-page rulebook. All of this, officials hope, can be finished by August.
Infractions categories would be renamed egregious, serious, solid secondary and technical. If the rulebook is edited properly, Julie Roe Lach, the NCAA’s vice president for enforcement, believes technical violations could be scrapped or dealt with at the conference level. Egregious violations could result in more postseason bans, too.
Cost-cutting measures include reducing non-coaching staffs in football to 12 and in basketball to six starting in 2013-14, the elimination of foreign tours starting this summer and scholarship reductions. Football Bowl Subdivision schools would lose five scholarships, going from 85 to 80. Football Championship Subdivision schools would drop from 63 to 60. In women’s basketball, each Division I school would lose two, going from 15 to 13.
Robinson returns to Michigan
Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson is set to return for his senior season.
The school announced yesterday that Robinson and defensive back J.T. Floyd will be back. Robinson could be among the top candidates for the Heisman Trophy. He threw for 2,173 yards and ran for 1,176 in his first season under Brady Hoke.
Also coming back for their senior seasons: Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson and Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones.
Vols snag Sal Sunseri
Tennessee hired Sal Sunseri, father of Pitt quarterback Tino Sunseri, as defensive coordinator.
Sunseri spent the past three seasons as assistant head coach and linebackers coach at Alabama, winning two BCS titles. Sunseri, an All-America linebacker at Pitt, said his younger son, Vinnie, will remain with the Crimson Tide. He was a freshman defensive back this past season.
Around the nation
Kansas coach Charlie Weis hired Dave Campo as his defensive coordinator, less than a week after the Dallas Cowboys decided to let his contract expire. … New Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin named Kliff Kingsbury and Mark Snyder his offensive and defensive coordinators.