WVU In Flux With Suspension, Potential Coach Move

It has been an off-season of flux for West Virginia University–most of that change coming just within this week, and just within the last couple of days.

Multiple sources reported Thursday that UCLA is close to hiring WVU defensive line coach Tom Bradley to be the Bruins new defensive coordinator. Bradley will be replacing Jeff Ulbrich who recent;y took a position with the Atlanta Falcons, (which was made a big to-do thanks to high school recruit Roquan Smith withdrawing his initial intent to sign with UCLA.)

The news of Bradley’s departure comes just a day after it became public that the NCAA has placed WVU on two-years probation. The suspension was handed down after it was revealed that coaches in 14 different sports were “sending impermissible texts and placing impermissible calls to prospects and parents.” These violations spanned outside of the football program, with coaches on the women’s gymnastics, women’s basketball and women’s soccer teams all violating Level II infractions per NCAA guidelines.

Penalties brought down by the NCAA are as follows:

Penalties in this case include two years of probation, recruiting restrictions and a one-year show-cause order for the assistant coach. During the show-cause period, the assistant coach may not recruit during the 30 days before the 2015 spring NLI signing date and must attend an NCAA Regional Rules seminar.

Granted, it is only February, and football season is months away. But the need to search for a new d-line coach after being handed a two-year probation could make for an interesting soap opera at WVU over the next few months, particularly with other sports brought into the mix.

*Section Photo credit to Charles LeClaire, USA Today Sports Featured Photo (above) credit to West Virginia Athletics

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