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. Galactic Cannibal

    Paterno was a great coach BUT he should have called the police on Sandusky once he knew what was going on.So firing Paterno was the right thing to do. To hell with football . Protect innocent young boys from the predators.

    November 10, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Debra Richards

      AMEN!

      November 10, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deanna Wilson

      WEll said! Thank you!

      November 10, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @galactic: a great coach would have been looking out for future players. He may have known football and inspired people to play well, but he was not a great coach..

      November 10, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Citywatcher

    Its hard to believe the Penn state board of trutees new nothing. They should go to.

    November 10, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Debra Richards

      I agree....great point!

      November 10, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cindy

      Yes, the Board of Trustees should all step down, especially the ones who were there when Sandusky was allowed to retire following the initial investigation (where interestingly enough no criminal charges were brought). The janitorial staff that witnessed and knew about Sandusky's abuse should also be fired. McCreary should be fired because he witnessed the abuse and did not call the police. There should be more people fired now and not later.

      November 10, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. alfred sanders

    When asked whether the Board acted properly by informing Paterno of his firing by phone, Tom Bradley stated he didn't think it was appropriate to comment. Nobody questions whether Paterno did what was required of him which was to report Sandusky to Paterno's superiors. For him to do more would have required him to question whether his superiors had acted properly. But already, the new coach is saying it is inappropriate to question the actions of his superiors? Isn't that what got Paterno fired? What this Board did to Papa Joe was wrong!

    November 10, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Debra Richards

      I don't understand what you are saying...he did the wrong thing by NOT reporting it...in my mind, an accessory to abuse. Poor Papa Joe, Alfred???!! Are you insane? You sound like you belong to the "Ol' Boy's Club". 🙁

      November 10, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Repulsed

      I wouldn't have bothered to call him on the phone. The press conference was good enough. He doesn't deserve the time of day. Disgusting excuse for a man as is the loser who saw this and called his dad. Dad should be charged, too.

      November 10, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. pmk1953

    They fired JoePa, but DIDN'T fire the person who actually saw it. That's who ultimately should bear the responsibility for not going to the police. They were just covering their own a$$es for not doing anything when it was brought to their attention.

    November 10, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Debra Richards

      Who saw it?? I missed that! Poor Joey knew what he was doing....that is why he resigned.

      November 10, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cindy

      McCreary, who is currently an assistant coach, was the grad student who witnessed the abuse and told JoePa about it. So what did McCreary do when he saw Sandusky abusing a 10-year old boy in the locker room shower? Did he call the police? NO – he called his dad. His dad told him to talk with Joe and he waited until the next day for crying out loud. And according to the Grand Jury report, McCreary told Joe "I saw something that made me uncomfortable." Not that he saw a boy being molested. So why is McCreary being allowed to continue coaching? Why is he going to be on the sidelines against Nebraska this weekend? His actions are worse than Joe's because he saw with his own eyes what was happening and (1) didn't try to stop it while it was happening and (2) didn't call the police immediately or at any time afterward. Talk about your double standards.

      November 10, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • swald91

      Exactly!! How is it that Paterno might be facing a law suit, and this grad assistant gets a pat on the back -when they both reacted in the same way? What grounds did they have to fire Paterno anyway? I havent seen that in any of the articles, but may have missed it. I did see that the DA said Paterno did nothing agaisnt the law, that he met state's standards. Also, it seems like the board of trustees were pretty quick into firing him...they did not hesitate one bit. It just seemd like something is missing here...something Penn State is trying to cover up maybe.

      November 10, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. debbie topel

    As a Penn State fan for over 50 years, I am sick over the firing of Joe Paterno. He has represented everthing we stand for. The board of directors were so quick to throw Joe under the bus. My Uncle is 83 years old and has demenia, he only remembers Phillies games and Joe Paternos games. He will not watch another game nor will I watch another game or attend anymore games, nor will I buy any more PSU merchandice. Hit them where it hurts, in the wallet. The board of directors decision to fire Joe has now tarnished PSU, not Joe. We love you Joe and you will always be our role model. As far as the victims go, my heart goes out to them. As a heathcare worker we report to our higher up and they call police. Joe did what he was suppose to do back then.

    November 10, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Debra Richards

      Interesting an older woman, and probably a mother, feels that sports and poor choices by Joe take precedence over reporting child abuse....CHILD ABUSE.!!! HE made a cowardly choice NOT to report this...as did others not report it...

      He is reaping the consequences now....and will...and so will his faithful followers.

      INTEGRITY........INTEGRITY.,......his coaching is beside the point! I honestly cannot believe that people like you don't stand up for doing what's right!!! You'd feel totally differently IF it had happened to your son, daughter, or grandchild...or close family friend.

      This will speak to volumes of coaches, and associates in the future not just there but all over the USA....and I'm glad that something MAY come of this!

      November 10, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • JABERSE

      Do you have children or grandchildren?

      November 10, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Citywatcher

      We are all so frustrated trying to understand how this could happen. I think
      from the Trustees on down to janitors GONE. But,at no time should we
      aim our scorn at players or students. They need to HANG TUFF.

      November 11, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    Hi, pmk1953.
    There's more than one thing that bothers me about this whole thing, but the one that bothers me the most is the guy you were just talking about...if I had walked in on some adult raping a kid, I don't care *who* he was, I'd be beating the crap out of him, job situation be damned!

    There is no excuse at all for this man not to have come forward. None at all.

    Throwing Paterno to the wolves is not going to make those poor boys any less traumatized, but throwing Sandusky, who is the one that deserves our scorn – under a bus just might.

    November 10, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Debra Richards

      I agree that all involved who were involved or chose NOT to report things should go down....not just Joe.

      November 10, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    People forget their is the university police, who take jurisdiction over the town police, (or ciry, or state, as the case may be.)
    Paterno notified his superior, who was the head of the campus police.
    If Paterno had called the outside police, the police would have bounced it back to campus police, who was already botified. There were probably many people notified.
    Focusing on Joe Paterno is ridiculous.
    If he is cleared of any wrongdoing, (which he was, I believe) does he get his job back?
    He was retiring anyway; maybe they don't want to pay his pension after putting in 60 years on the job?

    November 10, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Debra Richards

      Do any of you know something about personality profiles done on police & the results? IF you do, then you won't be surprised why they did little or nothing to follow through or whatever happened. They score high on the F scale...Fascist traits...and more...........So much for Serve & Protect !

      November 10, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Nadean

    In regards to Sandusky, a lepord can't change it's spots! The School is also responsible for hiring this man with out delving into his past with a fine tooth comb. Don't we do everything to protect our home IE: alarms, house insurance, comminty watch programs, ect, yet we as a people continue to SIT by idly with out doing the same for the most precious person in our life for pete sakes. I believe it's clear when we become complacent, those with evil intent can slip-on right past us. as for the maintance man, although he reported what he witnessed, I myself would have made darn sure the police, Parents and school heads new this will not go away until justice and light is brought to the case even after the investigation had been closed.

    November 10, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Portland tony

    Right now, the only thing that should be on the players minds is their next game with Nebraska this Saturday. Life goes on and between now and the end of the season, there is nothing the players can do. It was the school's admin that screwed it up and they will have to deal with it.

    November 10, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob

      If Penn State is all about integrity then a lot more than the upcoming game should be on the minds of the Penn State football team. This is a teachable moment for these young men to learn about what not to do and what to do if they should discover a situation involving child abuse.

      November 10, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Repulsed

      Right now all they should have on their mind is transferring to another college to play football. The damage is done. Penn State will be Perv State from now own. Deservedly so.

      November 10, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jamie

    It makes me sick that everyone thinks Joe should have been fired. "He did only what he could do" my ass. You say he would have been fired if he went to the police? I would rather get fired then to have these poor kids go through what they did. It makes me sick that all people ever do is think about themselves and how their actions will affect them, not the victim. Everyone does the bare minimum in this country to get by. Come on people, do the right thing!

    November 10, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Gay men lust for tight buttocks

    Banasy? FACT: You have said many times that those priest's being gay or bi-gay has nothing to do with their crimes.

    Notice CNN reports students "emotions sparked by child raype allegations". How many of you gay sypathetics have continually tried to decieve US into thinking that these men are just sick child molestors and that gay seyx has nothing to do with it.? Banasy? These men are SIMPLY gay ar bi-gay men who LUST for our boys, and for ONE and ONLY one reason...to have gay seyx with them. (aka sodomize) You hag ladies who live here on CNN are LIARS and DECIEVERS.

    November 10, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. @Banazi: FACT: Gay men lust for tight buttocks

    Even now, you, Banazi, try to decieve US into thinking Joe Paterno did the right thing. it has been well established that Paterno knew of Sandusky's "problem" for YEARS!. And if it were Paterno's kid being rayped by a gay man, he would have called 911...and YOU know it. He's an old man...he couldn't beat-up the stalker like you say that you would do. You NEVER speak-out about the fact that those catholic priests of yours are NOTHING but gay men whom LUST for boys. NEVER! You continually call them "child molesters" and chew me out each and EVERY time I point out the FACT that these men are GAY, and that the crime is RAYPE...not molestation.

    You have been exposed again you old enabler hag.

    November 10, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Citywatcher

      Your really believe that?

      November 10, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      So are you saying straight men don't molest kids, or gay men do?

      I suppose it doesn't matter, you are wrong either way. Sick has nothing to do with se xual preferance.. Get right..

      November 10, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Repulsed

    In my mind Penn State should NEVER play football, again. This is too disturbing for words. Penn State will forever more be the most hated team on earth. I would get out as soon as possible if I was playing for this college.

    November 10, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. @leeintulsa

    Read the investigation reports. They are in fact called "seyx crimes". You call straight men who get caught having relayions with underaged girls "statutory raype" hut if it's a gay man rayeping an underage age boy you call it "molesting". Gays should be treated equally you moron.

    November 10, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      If a straight man ra pes a young boy it's molestation and if a gay man ra pes a young girl, it's statutory ra pe.. What's your point?

      You know these crimes are about power and control, not jollies, right?

      November 11, 2011 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
  15. s kel

    FCK PENN STATES FOOTBALL PROGRAM! GET RID OF ALL OF THEM !LOCK THE STUPID SPORTS MINDED FOOLS UP!!! LET THEM GET BANGED IN THE SHOWER!

    November 10, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
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