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Pitt Football Coaching Search: Panthers Reportedly To Hire Tom Bradley

Pitt’s long and winding road could be coming to an end. ABC-Affiliate WTAE is reporting that Tom Bradley will become Pitt’s next head coach:

Penn State defensive coordinator and assistant head coach Tom Bradley will be named the head football coach at the University of Pittsburgh, WTAE Channel 4 Action Sports’ John Meyer has confirmed.

There was no indication of when the move will become official, but Meyer reported on Wednesday night that it was a done deal.

This isn’t yet to the point where it’s being confirmed by lots of sources, but if correct, Pitt fans should be happy. I outlined earlier this week the many reasons why Pitt should hire Tom Bradley, and this could turn out to be a much better hire than Mike Haywood was.

Bradley is well-known in the area, well respected by area high school coaches, and has a long track record of success at a major college football program. He’ll bring much-needed stability to the program and could be just what Pitt needs to move forward. As SB Nation Pittsburgh mentioned earlier, Bradley interviewed with Pitt possibly as late as today. If that’s the case, it didn’t take Pitt long to decide who they wanted as their next head coach.

It’s probably still late for Pitt to have much of a recruiting class this season, but Bradley’s hire should help Pitt avoid a complete disaster that lasts several years.

This should be a happy day if you’re a Panther fan.

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