Bradley Updates QB Situation

Starter Matt McGloin did not practice again Wednesday. Will he be ready to face Houston in the TicketCity Bowl?

DALLAS -- Penn State interim head coach Tom Bradley was not scheduled to meet the media Wednesday. But when he spotted a small group of reporters in the lobby of the team hotel here, he ambled over and conducted an impromptu Q-and-A session.

The Nittany Lions, who take on Houston in the TicketCity Bowl Jan. 2, are staying at the Hyatt Regency Dallas, which is only a short walk from the infamous Texas School Book Depository.

With rumors swirling about Penn State's search for a new full-time head coach to replace the fired Joe Paterno, Bradley couldn't resist having some fun when a scribe asked him about the situation.

“You should just go over to the grassy knoll,” he said. “There's conspiracies over there. It's right down the street. You can solve that conspiracy and then you can get on to the next one.”

Bradley has interviewed for the full-time job but has been told a hire will not be made until after the bowl.

A much more pressing issue is the health of his starting quarterback, Matt McGloin. The redshirt junior once again was held out of practice Wednesday due to the effects of a head injury sustained during a brawl with teammate Curtis Drake a week and a half ago.

Bradley said he hopes McGloin can practice at some point this week. But when asked when that might happen, he replied, “I'm waiting to hear what (the team doctor) says. I have no idea. It's up to the doc.”

He did not give a specific number of practices McGloin would have to participate in to be ready to face the Cougars.

“You'd probably like a couple of practices,” he said. “But the longer it goes, the odds of him playing aren't very good.”

With McGloin out, sophomore Rob Bolden is taking all of the first-team reps.

“He's done pretty well,” Bradley said. “He's getting more comfortable every day. He's working hard.”

Walk-on Shane McGregor is the third-team QB but has not taken any first-team reps in practice.

“We've got to get him ready as fast as we can,” Bradley said. “That's the situation we're in.”

Other notes from Bradley's quick press conference:

• Bradley said redshirt sophomore Paul Jones came up “one grade” in one class short of being eligible to play in the game. “He did OK (in the fall semester),” Bradley said. “It's just he has to get a 2.0 GPA overall. It was the difference of one grade or he would have had it.”

• Bradley sort of cleared up the situation with Drake, the wideout who was kept off the trip for personal reasons. Drake told the Philadelphia Inquirer it was his decision not to make the trip. “It wasn't anybody's decision,” Bradley said. “It was my decision to talk it over with him. After we discussed it he thought it was best (not to come).”

Bradley added, “He missed some practices. He was taking care of some personal things. Some academic things came up. It wasn't an academic issue. It wasn't the fight (with McGloin) issue.”

• Bradley said sophomore running back Silas Redd is back to full strength after being “banged up” late in the regular season. “I think the rest (after the season) did him good. He had a lot of carries for a young back.”


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