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

Anthony Midget

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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11 Responses to “Bill O’Brien to fill lone hole in Penn State staff”
  1. mcjon22 says: Feb 7, 2013 11:24 PM

    Wow, umm, not an appropriate headline for PSU. You might want to re-write that sir

  2. tommy57 says: Feb 7, 2013 11:34 PM

    Yes, JT, please use something like “coaching position vacancy” to avoid eliciting giggles from the less-mature readers.

  3. packhawk04 says: Feb 8, 2013 1:28 AM

    Ah, those less mature readers. I bet if the victims or their families read that headline, no big deal, right?

  4. dgbk says: Feb 8, 2013 2:47 AM

    I dont see anything wrong wit the headline not like it says child’s hole.. if some giggle fine, I assume most readers of the blog get it means vacancy to his staff… if a commentator is callin a penn state game. must they not say stuff like the “o-line opened up a huge hole” or “he filled the gap/hole” or ” they stuffed the hole.” those are common football phrases

  5. ironman721 says: Feb 8, 2013 4:20 AM

    Not the most politically correct choice of words. 😱

  6. haterhurter937 says: Feb 8, 2013 5:39 AM

    why you gotta be a smarta$$ john?

  7. sanduskyshowerboy says: Feb 8, 2013 6:43 AM


  8. scalpemseminoles says: Feb 8, 2013 7:59 AM

    hey morons,

    John Taylor uses the phrase “fill holes” a lot.

    here’s just a quick example. he probably didn’t do it on purpose and is probably tired of pretending to care about penn state just like everybody else is.

  9. dhlions says: Feb 8, 2013 10:39 AM


    Since when does “a lot” equate to 2 references on a site that bangs out about 12 headlines/titles per day? Seems like a classless choice of words, but whatever.

    About the hire itself… I like what I’ve read about this guy a lot. PSU needs something to breathe life into the secondary and maybe this guy is that thing. Not that it’s been bad, but gone are the days of AZ/Calvin Lowry domination in that area.

  10. onceuponatimeinsports says: Feb 8, 2013 1:56 PM

    If Ped State has a hole, you can bet there’s an ex-coach willing to fill it…..

  11. scalpemseminoles says: Feb 12, 2013 8:51 AM


    Is that enough? Jackass.

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