Report: Tom Bradley 'close to being hired' as UCLA coordinator

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Oct 4, 2014; Morgantown, WV, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers associate head coach/defensive line coach Tom Bradley gestures on the field before the Mountaineers host the Kansas Jayhawks at Milan Puskar Stadium. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)
Oct 4, 2014; Morgantown, WV, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers associate head coach/defensive line coach Tom Bradley gestures on the field before the Mountaineers host the Kansas Jayhawks at Milan Puskar Stadium. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

Tom Bradley, the longtime Penn State defensive coordinator, could be headed to the west coast.

According to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman, Bradley, who spent the 2014 as an assistant at West Virginia, is “close to being hired” as the new defensive coordinator at UCLA. If the hire comes to fruition, Bradley would replace Jeff Ulbrich, who left UCLA to join the Atlanta Falcons staff as linebackers coach.

After his playing days ended at Penn State in 1978, Bradley stayed at the school and was an assistant under Joe Paterno for 32 years, including 11 as defensive coordinator. He was named the AP National Defensive Coordinator of the Year in 2005 and was the Rivals.com Defensive Coordinator of the Year in 2008 before being named Penn State’s interim head coach following Paterno’s dismissal in 2011.

After not being retained for Bill O’Brien’s staff at PSU in 2012, Bradley took two seasons off and worked in broadcasting.

West Virginia came calling in 2014 and Bradley joined Dana Holgorsen’s staff as defensive line coach and associate head coach.

According to a piece from ESPN.com’s Ivan Maisel, UCLA “sniffed around Bradley” before he joined the West Virginia staff – so this isn’t Bradley’s first correspondence with the Bruins.

He has a long track record of producing solid defenses in the Big Ten; whether that will translate to the Pac-12 remains to be seen.

For more UCLA news, visit BruinSportsReport.com.

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