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O’Brien stays in-house for another Penn State assistant hiring

Ron Vanderlinden AP

When Bill O’Brien said during his introductory news conference Saturday that he wanted to assemble his Penn State coaching staff as quickly as possible, that wasn’t merely lip service.

During his first meeting with the Nittany Lions players Sunday, O’Brien confirmed that linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden will remain with the team. It hasn’t been determined whether Vanderlinden will continue coaching the same position, although that does appear it will ultimately be the case.

Vanderlinden is the second holdover from Joe Paterno‘s staff to commit to transitioning to the new regime; during his press conference, O’Brien confirmed that defensive line coach Larry Johnson Sr. would be staying on as well.

Over the weekend, Tennessee Titans assistant Charles London confirmed that he has agreed to become the Nittany Lions’ running backs coach, leaving O’Brien with six coaching positions to fill.

The first-time head coach said Sunday that he’d like to have the staff 90 percent complete by Wednesday.  One coach who could very well makeup part of the 90 percent is Ted Roof.

Roof was mentioned by name by O’Brien Saturday, with the new Nittany Lions coach calling the UCF defensive coordinator “one of my closest friends”.  Roof was Duke’s head coach from 2003-2007, and O’Brien served as the Blue Devils’ offensive coordinator in 2005 and 2006.  The Patriot-News writes that two different sources have mentioned Roof as a potential hire, presumably as coordinator.

After spending the past three seasons at Auburn, Roof moved to the same position with UCF in early December of last year.

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7 Responses to “O’Brien stays in-house for another Penn State assistant hiring”
  1. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 9, 2012 10:42 AM

    In the college football world, PSU is not even relevent anymore.

    In the legal world though, it is the site of one of the country’s most corrupt, contaminated, and heinous dungeons of abuse run by a good ol boy perv head coach, assistant, and administration.

    In the moralistic world it is the site where students, grads, and fans actually fawn and idolize these sick individuals to to point of rioting and holding vigils.

    Can you imagine that? They hold vigils for the perpetrators but NOT the victims!

    Ok, now the Pervterno and Sandusky trolls can come and praise their heroes.

  2. vanmorrissey says: Jan 9, 2012 10:56 AM

    thatobnoxiousguy, dude, what is your problem? This post had nothing to do with whatever rant you’re trying to prove. Just go away, this was about the hire of a new coach, period. Man, go hate somewhere else.

  3. 187onsandusky says: Jan 9, 2012 10:57 AM

    Please continue to show us all how uninformed you are.

    The second Friday after the story broke the students held a vigil for the victims with the turnout estimated close to 10x the turnout for the riot. But continue to show your small mindedness by painting with broad strokes.

    As for the issue at hand, I’m warming up to Coach. I like he hires he has made so far.

  4. joeyb3878 says: Jan 9, 2012 12:04 PM

    Nice to hear linebacker U will be retaining their LB coach. LJ sr. is a pretty likable guy and a good coach/recruiter. Not every person associated with Penn State football should be burned at the stake because of Jerry Sandusky. I’m not saying that only Sandusky is at fault. He should indeed be at least crucified before being burned. I absolutely think that too many innocent lives have been ruined already by this monster along with a certain amount of people who looked the other way. However, it is not fair to associate the entire coaching staff as perpetrators. I understand that it is a very touchy subject with a wide ranging contrast of emotions to say the least and with that said there will be plenty of people who will think differently.

  5. bdawk20 says: Jan 9, 2012 1:45 PM

    Don’t be that obnoxious guy, thatobnoxiousguy.

  6. mojosmagic says: Jan 9, 2012 2:27 PM

    Thatobnoxious guy needs a priest.

  7. firedude7160 says: Jan 9, 2012 4:09 PM

    So it doesn’t sound like Bradley will be back then. That will be a shame. I hope he has success wherever he ends up

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