Tom Bradley, hired as UCLA’s defense coordinator last month, signed a two-year, $995,000 contract. He also received a $25,000 signing bonus and could earn up to another $100,000 in team performance bonuses.
Bradley, who was associate head coach in charge of defense at West Virginia last season, will earn $485,000 in 2015 and $510,000 in 2016. The Mountaineers allowed 33.3 points per game in 2013. That dropped to 27.6 under Bradley.
Bradley spent 31 seasons as an assistant at Penn State, from 1981 to 2011. He was the interim head coach in 2011 after Joe Paterno stepped down when scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky surfaced. Sandusky, a Penn State assistant from 1970 to 1999, was convicted of sexually assaulting 10 boys over a 15-year period.
Penn State’s defenses ranked among the nation’s best from 2004 to 2011. The Nittany Lions surrendered only 16.4 points a game, third lowest in the nation, during that eight-year period. Bradley was named the defense coordinator of the year by the Associated Press in 2005.
UCLA also hired Scott White as linebacker coach. He signed a one-year, $85,000 contract. He can also make up to $100,000 in team performance bonuses.
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