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PSU news cycle spinning

January 5, 2011 - Neil Rudel
This has been one of the busier stretches of Penn State football coverage.

The Outback Bowl wasn't over 24 hours when quarterback Rob Bolden, who started the seven of the season's first eight games, indicated through his father that he would seek a transfer.

The Mirror's Cory Giger has been all over the story, and verified it not only with Bolden's father but with Bolden himself on Tuesday night. Kudos (or kujos as we call them at the Mirror) to Cory.

At the same time, Joe Paterno's endorsement of defensive coordinator Tom Bradley for the vacant head coaching position at Pitt has gained footing. Bradley has been in touch with Pitt officials and will at least be interviewed.

Whether it's Bradley or not, Pitt's hiring should take place within the next few days.

Meanwhile, Paterno is denying Bolden's transfer. That's brought a lot of reaction around the Nittany Nation, but it's not terribly surprising. Paterno will not be held hostage by an overzealous father of a freshman -- a freshman in whom the Nittany Lions invested significant playing time -- and will likely encourage everybody to make a more rational decision when emotions calm down in the coming weeks.

On top of those two pieces of news, the cloud of uncertainty over Joe Paterno's future existed before the Outback Bowl, but JoePa has put that to rest, indicating he plans to stay for 2011.

If Bradley and Bolden both leave (or even if they stay), the Lions could wind up in the Outback Bowl again. That may not be what Paterno has in mind, but there are worse venues: The Outback Bowl has the best hospitality of any bowl I've been fortunate enough to cover.

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