November 10th, 2011
11:42 AM ET

Penn State interim coach: Players 'in shock, they have mixed emotions'

Tom Bradley, Penn State's interim head coach, said Thursday he took the job to replace legendary coach Joe Paterno "with mixed emotions."

He said ousted coach Joe Paterno has "meant more to me than anybody except my father" and that Paterno had a "dynamic impact" on many and he was "proud" to work for him.

The interim head coach said he is grieving for the alleged victims of the purported sexual abuse and their families. He said the team's players are also thinking about the victims.

Bradley, during his first media availability since Joe Paterno was fired, said a lot of the players "are in shock, they have mixed emotions" over the sex abuse allegations.

"It's been very difficult to go through this, but I'm confident we will find a way to heal," he said.

Despite the massive media attention surrounding the team following the allegations, Bradley said he thinks his players will "be ready to play Saturday" when they face Nebraska.

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  1. alfred sanders

    The local cops, the campus cops, the district attorney and children and family services knew about the separate allegations in 1998 (Paterno says he didn't know and there's no evidence he did). Yet the police and DA did nothing! Assuming Paterno knew how serious the allegations in 2002 were (and we don't know that yet), just who was he suppose to go to? The authorities had shown they weren't going to do anything. On another side, Paterno had known Sandusky 30 years. The grad student was a "nobody." I think about what my reaction would be if some newcomer told me a 30 year friend of mine was doing something this horrific. I'd probably doubt it. But Paterno did report it like he was supposed to do. He's not an eye witness so he can't testify whether it actually happened or not. How far should we require people to go in pushing something they have no personal knowledge of?

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