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January 4, 2012

Penn State's future cloudy

SUPERDOME —

Penn State interim coach Tom Bradley planned to hit the recruiting trail this week upon returning from a lost trip to Texas knowing full well his itinerary may change at any minute.

Nearly two months after Joe Paterno was fired, the school still hasn't settled on a permanent replacement.

"I'm going to work until the very end until they tell me I'm no longer needed," Bradley said Monday. "That's what Penn State is paying me to do and what is in my heart that I am going to do. Because I love this university and I love the people."

Bradley and most of the rest of the Penn State contingent in Dallas were scheduled to return to Happy Valley on Tuesday, a day following a 30-14 loss to No. 20 Houston at the TicketCity Bowl in Dallas. The dispiriting defeat capped a tumultuous two months that began with child sex abuse charges against retired assistant coach Jerry Sandusky and the ouster of Paterno in the scandal's aftermath.

Receivers coach Mike McQueary, a key witness in the state attorney general's case against Sandusky, is also on administrative leave. Most of the rest of the staff, including Bradley, have worked with Paterno for years — if not decades.

Bradley and defensive line coach Larry Johnson are among the candidates who have been interviewed in a search that could end in the next few weeks. Mike Harrison, the agent for San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman, said Monday that Roman interviewed in November and is on the "short list" for the job.

Acting athletic director David Joyner said Sunday there was no one who could be classified as a leading candidate for the position in what the school has described as a "deliberate search." Paterno, Division I's winningest coach with 409 victories, had been the Nittany Lions' leader for 46 seasons.

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