Tom Bradley Hired as UCLA DC: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIFebruary 23, 2015

Nov 8, 2014; Austin, TX, USA; (Editors note: Caption correction) West Virginia Mountaineers senior associate head coach Tom Bradley prior to kickoff against the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Bradley will reportedly leave his post as West Virginia senior associate head coach to become the defensive coordinator at UCLA.    

ESPN.com's Kevin Gammell reported the news on Monday:

Kevin Gemmell @Kevin_Gemmell

Source confirms that Tom Bradley has been hired as UCLA's DC and will be on campus Tuesday. No timetable for a formal announcement.

Bradley was a longtime fixture on the Penn State coaching staff, where he played as a defensive back before rising to defensive play-caller from 2000 to 2011 (h/t WVUSports.com).

That experience gives Bradley plenty of credibility as the Bruins' new coordinator. Stewart Mandel of Fox Sports approved of Bradley's hiring:

Stewart Mandel @slmandel

Great hire. RT @Kevin_Gemmell: Source confirms that Tom Bradley has been hired as UCLA's DC and will be on campus Tuesday.

The Bruins have a quarterback in Brett Hundley to replace as it is—increasing the need for a stout defense in 2015 to stay in Pac-12 contention.

But the concept of coaching two-way dynamo and linebacker Myles Jack had to be enticing when UCLA offered Bradley the position.

Mark Whicker of LA News Group highlighted one element of Bradley's raging success as a coach:

Mark Whicker @MWhicker03LANG

As a position coach or coordinator, Tom Bradley has coached 51 pros, 18 All-Americans. Rumored to be next defensive boss at UCLA

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Penn State produced a lot of great players at Jack's position during Bradley's stint in University Park, keeping the Nittany Lions' heritage of "Linebacker U" intact. Now Jack may become even better under Bradley's tutelage.    

Bradley's years in the Big Ten should rub off on UCLA. He figures to bring a physical brand of football to the West Coast. With Jack leading the way and a promising 2015 recruiting class thanks to a solid national signing day haul, the future appears bright for head coach Jim Mora's Bruins.

Since he's had such a strong track record of developing future NFL players, Bradley should only help bring in superior talent to UCLA's program, too.

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