Penn State hires Anthony Midget as football safeties coach

Penn State NCAA college football coach Bill O'Brien gestures as he speaks during a news conference in State College, Pa., Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson)
Penn State NCAA college football coach Bill O'Brien gestures as he speaks during a news conference in State College, Pa., Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson)
Posted: February 16, 2013

Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien formally announced Thursday the hiring of Anthony Midget as an assistant coach in charge of safeties.

Midget, 34, a former all-American cornerback at Virginia Tech, coached the last five seasons at Georgia State, his last year as defensive coordinator. He replaces John Butler, who was promoted to defensive coordinator of the Nittany Lions after Ted Roof left to take the same job at Georgia Tech.

"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."

In the statement, Midget called it an honor to join O'Brien's staff and said he was "excited to get to know the players and get ready for spring practice."

The hiring of Midget was reported Feb. 7 but not confirmed by Penn State until Thursday.

- Joe Juliano

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