Letterman's Club: Short Speaks for Himself

The president of the Penn State FLC said the group will make a statement at proper time.

Former Penn State linebacker Brandon Short appeared to be speaking on behalf of the school's Football Letterman's Club when he blasted the hiring of Bill O'Brien as the new head coach of the Nittany Lions Thursday night. Among other things, Short called O'Brien "clueless."

But the president of the club says it is withholding judgement on the university's decision to hire the New England Patriots' offensive coordinator as the replacement for Joe Paterno until the deal becomes official.

"The Letterman's Club, we're not going to make any type of statement (on the hire) now because we think there is a protocol to follow," said Tim Sweeney, a linebacker with the Lions in the mid-1980s. "At the proper time, we will issue a statement on behalf of the club. I think that is the smart and wise thing to do."

Sweeney said the only former players who can speak on behalf of the Letterman's Club are himself, former defensive end Justin Kurpeikis and former linebacker Trey Bauer.

That said, he understands that other former players may have strong personal feelings on the matter.

"I can't control what the guys say," he said.

When news of the O'Brien hire broke Thursday night, Short indicated to USA Today that the Letterman's Club did not support the move.

"There is a tangible standard at Penn State that this poor (O'Brien) guy knows nothing about,'' Short told USA Today. "I feel badly for him (because) he is clueless and will not have the support of the majority of the Lettermen. This is a hornet's nest (for him).''

Short was among the former players who organized a campaign touting interim head coach Tom Bradley for the full-time job. A Penn State graduate and football letterman himself, Bradley has been on the Nittany Lion staff for 31 years.

It is not clear if Bradley will remain with the program.

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