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Penn State makes Anthony Midget hiring official

Anthony Midget

And there you have it.  Bill O’Brien has officially filled the lone hole (giggle) in his Penn State coaching staff.

Following up on the speculation of a week ago, Penn State announced Thursday that Anthony Midget (after recess, you can giggle at the surname as well) has been hired to serve as O’Brien’s safeties coach.  Midget will partly replace John Butler, who was promoted to defensive coordinator upon Ted Roof’s departure for Georgia Tech.  Butler will also coach cornerbacks, the release stated.

Midget had been hired by Marshall as a defensive assistant late last month before abruptly leaving Huntington for Happy Valley.

“Anthony will be a great addition to our staff,” O’Brien said in a statement. “He is an experienced and passionate defensive coach and recruiter. We welcome Anthony to our team and look forward to his contributions to the program.”

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

“It’s an honor to be a part of the Penn State family and this great University,” Midget said. “I am thankful to Coach O’Brien for the opportunity to come to Penn State and am excited to get to know the players and get ready for spring practice.”

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12 Responses to “Penn State makes Anthony Midget hiring official”
  1. tommy57 says: Feb 15, 2013 2:49 AM

    Bad move. I question his commitment to PSU given his apparent total lack of commitment to Marshall. Character counts, and never more so than now at PSU.

  2. thelongstar says: Feb 15, 2013 6:42 AM

    What an unfortunate name.

  3. cubano76 says: Feb 15, 2013 6:45 AM

    ^^^ LMAO!

  4. jimbo75025 says: Feb 15, 2013 6:46 AM

    So would being referred to as a mental midget be a compliment instead of an insult in this situation?

  5. mancave001 says: Feb 15, 2013 7:18 AM

    Taylor, I hope you didn’t just make a child sexual assault joke (filling lone hole). I’m going to go ahead and ask you to clarify.

  6. giantssb42champs says: Feb 15, 2013 8:20 AM

    This move dwarfs all others.

  7. onceuponatimeinsports says: Feb 15, 2013 10:09 AM

    The coaches probably mistook him for a 10-year old boy. Oh well, when they get him in the showers they’ll realize their mistake…

  8. Slim Charles says: Feb 15, 2013 1:13 PM

    To be a successful D-back, you have to be able to look behind you while running. To be a successful d-back coach at PSU, you just have to be able to look the other way.

  9. stairwayto7 says: Feb 15, 2013 2:44 PM

    If someone else wrote this they would have been banned!

  10. handsofsweed says: Feb 15, 2013 5:49 PM

    I hear ya, Giants fan. Here you go:

    It’s amazing how little people remember about Midget’s playing days.

  11. anonymouslyanonymouscommentor says: Feb 15, 2013 6:21 PM

    He’s not making sexual assault jokes, he’s lamenting the childish nature of the people who comment here. John used a common phrase with no intention to make light of anything involving Penn State, and everyone got really sensitive about it. Next thing you know everyone will be on his case when he mentions a Penn State tight end. And this is coming from a Penn State fan.

  12. John Taylor says: Feb 15, 2013 7:06 PM

    “He’s not making sexual assault jokes, he’s lamenting the childish nature of the people who comment here.”

    ^^^ He gets it ^^^

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