While interim head coach Larry Johnson tries to hold together the pieces of a once and still potentially promising 2014 recruiting class, it almost seems like the rug is being pulled out from underneath his feet. No, not by the recruits themselves, but by the assistant coaches that are leaving the program.
So far, a total of ten Nittany Lion assistant coaches have tendered their resignations. Those include quarterbacks coach Charlie Fisher and linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden who had resigned prior to former head coach Bill O’Brien’s departure. Today, eight more assistants submitted their letter of resignation. The list is headlined by defensive coordinator John Butler, running backs coach Charles London, wide receivers coach Stan Hixon, safeties coach Anthony Midget, and perhaps most importantly, strength and conditioning coach Craig Fitzgerald. Also tendering their resignations were special assistant to the head coach Jim Bernhardt and assistant strength and conditioning coaches Dwight Galt IV and Sean Hayes. It is widely expected that many of these individuals will take up posts with Bill O’Brien and the NFL’s Houston Texans.
No mention has been made about the status of offensive line coach Mac McWhorter and tight ends coach John Strollo who are currently still listed as working for Penn State University.
The Nittany Lions are still in a waiting game for their 16th head coach in school history, and that has some recruits a bit edgy as the early enrollment period will soon be upon them.
Over the weekend, it was rumored that Miami University and Penn State alumnus Al Golden may be headed back to Happy Valley before reaffirming his committment to the “U” late Sunday afternoon. With Golden seemingly out of the running, attention has now shifted to Vanderbilt University’s head coach James Franklin, former Tennessee Titans head coach and Penn State alum Mike Munchak, and current Penn State football interim head coach Larry Johnson, Sr. While no decision on a head coach is imminent, growing sentiment, per AD Dave Joyner, is that a head coach might be named sooner rather than later.
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