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Nitt Links is putting out an APB for Tom Bradley

Submitted by on January 6, 2011No Comment

Give it up to the frivolous abuse of the Internet by main stream media.

Whether it’s the termination of Michigan’s head coach before a decision has actually been made or announcing the next head coach at Pittsburgh, you can bet the mainstream media is prematurely on top of it.

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.

Never mind that the University of Pittsburgh is outright denying any and all rumors claiming that Tom Bradley has been offered the keys to the Panthers program or that Bradley first met with athletic director Steve Pederson and members of Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg’s administration for the first time this week, making an immediate offer by Pitt surprisingly hasty especially after the disastrous vetting process that preceded Mike Haywood.

And when WTAE remains the only source reporting the hire, it’s hard to miss the red flags.

Or maybe not.

David Jones of Penn Live managed to jump head first into the kiddie pool when he fanned the fire claiming 2 Penn State players had received farewell messages from Coach Bradley.

Two Penn State players said Wednesday night they have been text-messaged by Tom Bradley that he has been offered the Pittsburgh Panthers head coaching job and that he intends to accept it once details are worked out, according to a PSU team source.

To one player, Bradley texted: “Love you kids. Going to miss you. Wish I could take you with me. Anything I can do for you, let me know.”

And so began the twitter meltdown. Just one problem. David Jones retracted and deleted the story online almost immediately, just 45 minutes after it was posted.

A previous report I made that was posted here for about 45 minutes tonight — that Tom Bradley had been offered the Pitt head coaching position and details were being worked out — was totally erroneous. A PSU source indicating text messages supposedly being sent from Bradley to PSU players proved to be unfounded.

I am responsible and I profoundly regret this error. It was shoddy reporting, not fully vetted and done in haste. That it could hurt a good man who doesn’t deserve it and had no hand in it whatsoever is the worst part.

At the very least, you have to applaud David Jones for claiming responsibility for his mistake. But much of the damage has already been done. Fans are now scrambling for news and there are plenty of those out there willing to provide them some.

Like Cory Giger of the Altoona Mirror,

You mean this tweet by Nathan Stupar who probably read the same WTAE piece that started all this mayhem?

Oh wait. That’s exactly what happened.

If anyone’s counting, that’s 2 retracted rumors now.

Once all the dust settles, WTAE, Post Gazette, David Jones and Cory Giger may emerge from the rubble looking like prophets and be right after all. You would be hard pressed to find a better match for Pittsburgh than Tom Bradley, but to report news prematurely simply for the sake of breaking it first is just irresponsible. Did we already forget Florida 2000? And to use headlines like “Penn State’s Bradley likely to get Pitt job” without citing a single legitimate source is yellow journalism at best.

Even Scout managed to get a hold of a legitimate source close to Bradley before joining the discussion.

“Those reports are erroneous, false and absolutely deplorable,” said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “They are entirely false. This is what happens when people don’t do their homework.”

So to the Penn State fan base and twitterverse, calm down. Alabama linebackers coach Sal Sunseri, a former All-America linebacker for the Panthers and father of Pitt quarterback Tino Sunseri is also a likely candidate for the job with closer ties to the Pitt program and until Bradley signs on the dotted line, questions like which other assistant coaches will be heading to Pitt with Bradley is just a tad premature.

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