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Long-time Penn State assistant lands in the MAC

Bill Kenney

Not retained as part of the transition from Joe Paterno to Bill O’Brien at Penn State last year, Bill Kenney has finally landed on his coaching feet.

First-year Western Michigan head coach P.J. Fleck announced Tuesday that Kenney has been hired as his new offensive line coach.  Kenney did not coach in 2012 after his long-time ties to the Nittany Lions were severed.

In a statement, Fleck said that a recommendation from a former Rutgers head coach went a long way in bringing Kenney on board.

“He is a great recruiter and when Greg Schiano says that he is not only a great coach but a better recruiter and a better person, that speaks volumes to me,” Fleck said. ” When you look at his resume and see all of the All-Americans and Academic All-Americans, but then hear that about him and his character it is a no brainer.  He is a wonderful person and we are very happy to have him, his wife Kathryn and his family (Joseph, Matthew and Jacqueline) here in town. …

“He has an incredible amount of experience and he brings an incredible amount of knowledge, passion and energy to this program.  He’s a true professional and we couldn’t be happier to have him here.”

Kenney began his coaching career at Penn State in 1988, and worked with the offensive line from 1989-2011.  He served in the role of recruiting coordinator from 1992-95 and worked directly with offensive tackles and tight ends from 2000-11.  In addition to his time in Happy Valley, he was a grad assistant for two years (1986-87) at Nebraska under Tom Osborne.

(Photo credit: WMU athletics)

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8 Responses to “Long-time Penn State assistant lands in the MAC”
  1. brewcrewfan54 says: Feb 27, 2013 12:31 AM

    This guy was collateral damage for PSU. Had a job he must have loved in a place he loved and then got thrown to the curb like it was garbage day. Must have been the longest year of his life for something he didnt even do. It isn’t just Paterno who have been hurt here PSU people although you woudn’t know otherwise from any of the reports. Only their dad was hurt. What a worthless family.

  2. fnc111 says: Feb 27, 2013 3:46 AM

    Essentially he is one of the punks that let Jerry molest kids and kept it to himself. Sounds like a great guy to have around!

  3. daiatlas says: Feb 27, 2013 5:53 AM

    fnc111 – So, mere presence while a crime is committed behind your back makes you guilty of something? Yikes! I am glad I don’t live in your country.

  4. effjohntaylornorelation says: Feb 27, 2013 6:16 AM

    There were so many longtime assistants there that look like damn idiots if they didn’t know what was going on. Of course, looking like an idiot is better than admitting you knew and did NOTHING.

  5. effjohntaylornorelation says: Feb 27, 2013 6:24 AM

    I’ve got a theory I’d like to share. We all know Larry Johnson Sr has been there for since the mid 90’s, when Larry Johnson Jr aka “Shut up biatch fo I slap do taste out cha mout” was a long boy. Maybe young Larry “Shut up biatch” fell prey to Sandusky which would certainly explain, not excuse, his attitude toward woman? Just a thought

  6. tommy57 says: Feb 27, 2013 6:29 AM

    Two extreme sides of the spectrum – Coach Kennedy is either a guy who “Had a job he must have loved in a place he loved and then got thrown to the curb like it was garbage day” or “…one of the punks that let Jerry molest kids and kept it to himself.”

    As always, the truth is probably somewhere in between.

    Regardless – Godspeed to you, coach.

  7. seanb20124 says: Feb 27, 2013 6:43 AM

    Where’s Mccrearuy

  8. dmiller521 says: Feb 27, 2013 2:13 PM

    You know none of the sorry story of J. S. would have likely come to light if McCreary hadn’t gone to Joe Pa. originally and yet he is one of the bad guys in this sad tale. Maybe if he had pursued the story early on and more publicly, some of the kids might have been spared their horror. Who knows? I just feel that he is one of those that got thrown to the curb.

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