Day: February 7, 2013

Anthony Midget

Bill O’Brien to fill lone hole in Penn State staff


When Ted Roof decided to leave Penn State for Georgia Tech last month, Bill O’Brien not only lost his defensive coordinator but a position coach as well as John Butler was promoted from within to replace Roof.

While O’Brien has yet to confirm it, that coaching hole has been filled as multiple media outlets report that Anthony Midget will take over as defensive backs coach.  Midget comes to Penn State from Marshall, whose head coach confirmed that Midget was leaving for the Big Ten school.

We hire good coaches,” Doc Holliday told the Charleston Daily Mail Wednesday of Midget’s departure. “It’s a compliment to us. We hire great people and we’ll hire another great coach.”

Midget was hired by Holliday just 10 days ago as a defensive assistant.

Midget, an All-American defensive back at Virginia Tech in the late-nineties, had been at Georgia State since 2008.  He first served as secondary coach and special teams coordinator before being promoted to defensive coordinator for the 2012 season.

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Dennis Erickson interviews with Utah

Erickson Albany High Football

The last time Dennis Erickson was on a college football sideline, it was as Arizona State’s coach in a Las Vegas Bowl loss to Boise State. But he could be back in the coaching ranks in the not-too-distant future.

Erickson confirmed to the Salt Lake Tribune that he recently interviewed for an assistant coaching job at Utah under Kyle Whittingham.

I enjoyed it,” Erickson told the paper. “They have good people there and a good staff; obviously Kyle has a good staff there so we will see.”

The former head coach said no offer was made, and exactly what role he would fill isn’t clear yet. Former Utes quarterback Brian Johnson was promoted to the team’s offensive coordinator last year after Norm Chow left to become the head coach of Hawaii, but Whittingham could shuffle coaches around to make room for Erickson.

For what it’s worth, the Utes had the 75th-best scoring offense, 93rd best rushing offense and 100th-best passing offense during last year’s 5-7 season. Erickson is considered one of the best coaches of the spread offense.

Erickson has college coaching experience at places like Idaho, Washington State, Oregon State and Miami. He also held two brief NFL jobs with the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers. He’s been out of coaching for a year, but interested in getting back into the game.

Rutgers loses defensive coordinator to the NFL

Robb Smith

While an SEC school awaits word on whether it will lose its defensive coordinator to the NFL, a school from the Big East has officially learned they have indeed lost theirs to the pro ranks.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Thursday the hiring of five new assistant coaches, including Robb Smith as linebackers coach.  Smith had spent the past four seasons at Rutgers, including last year as defensive coordinator.

Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano, of course, left Rutgers last year for the NFL.

Second-year Scarlet Knights head coach Kyle Flood is now on the hunt for two coordinators.  Last month, offensive coordinator Dave Brock was named as the head coach at Delaware.

As for potential replacements, the Newark Star-Ledger reports that Flood “is zeroing in on former Kansas State head coach Ron Prince as his new offensive coordinator.”  Dave Cohen, already on staff as linebackers coach, could be in line for a promotion to defensive coordinator, the paper added.

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