Paul Zeise of the Post Gazette is reporting that Tom Bradley and Pitt officials have met for the second time in as many days. Bradley, currently the defensive coordinator at Penn State, has many ties to the region, including a strong history of recruiting in western Pennsylvania. Athletic director Steve Pederson caught some heat during the candidate search that eventually landed Mike Haywood, as it was revealed that Pederson did not have much interest in Bradley. This time around, Pitt chancellor Mark Nordenberg seems to be taking a more hands-on approach to the process. Zeise warns, though, that this doesn't mean Bradley is the man just yet.â†µ
I wouldn't read too much into things yet, other than Pitt is genuinely interested in seeing what Bradley has to say and are at least now willing to give him a long look.â†µ
Zeise also reports (along with Tom Dienhart) that Alabama assistant Sal Sunseri interviewed with Pitt, either earlier this week or this morning, depending on the source.â†µ
One other candidate has emerged and it is a surprise in some ways -- Alabama assistant head coach Sal Sunseri has already talked with Pitt about the job earlier this week as well. Sunseri is a former Pitt player and is popular among donors and alumni and he is also a guy who could certainly turn the recruiting around in a hurry.â†µ
The name should sound familiar; Sunseri is a former Pitt player and the father of current Pitt QB Tino Sunseri. Sal's second son, Vinnie Sunseri, is a three-star linebacker at Northridge HS in Alabama who is committed to play football at Alabama. There is no word whether Vinnie would follow his father north should the opportunity arise.