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On Saturday, Lee said he shared the hope that other former Penn State players had that a current assistant would get the job, but threw his full support anyway behind O'Brien. He also praised Bradley, linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden and defensive line coach Larry Johnson for leading the defense over the last two turbulent months since Paterno’s firing.

Johnson is already planning to return. and it’s possible he could become the coordinator if Bradley leaves.

“Hopefully, Coach O'Brien will consider them for his staff because not only are they great coaches, but they are people with great integrity,” Lee said.

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Sports Writer Stephen Hawkins in Dallas contributed to this report.