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January 8, 2014 | BY STEPHEN PIANOVICH, For the Daily News
STATE COLLEGE - Whoever is hired as Penn State's next football coach should plan on bringing most of a coaching staff with him. Five Penn State coaches who were assistants under Bill O'Brien were no longer listed on the team's official roster as of yesterday afternoon, including defensive coordinator John Butler, who will leave the program to coach the secondary under O'Brien with the Houston Texans, Fight On State reported. Safeties coach Anthony Midget, wide receivers coach Stan Hixon, running backs coach Charles London and strength and conditioning coach Craig Fitzgerald also left the program.
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January 8, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
With Penn State's search for a new head coach cloaked in secrecy, its football program nevertheless made news on Monday with the resignation of eight assistant coaches and staff members who are headed for Houston to work for new Texans head coach Bill O'Brien. A Penn State spokesman said letters of resignation were received, effective Monday, from defensive coordinator John Butler, wide receivers coach Stan Hixon, running backs coach Charles London and safeties coach Anthony Midget.
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January 7, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The list of candidates being considered to become Penn State's new head coach will not include Miami coach Al Golden. Golden, a former Nittany Lions player and assistant coach, issued a statement Sunday saying he was "not a candidate for another [coaching] position. " Golden's statement was the big news on a day when Penn State's six-member search committee, chaired by athletic director Dave Joyner, was reported to have interviewed former Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak and current Vanderbilt coach James Franklin in its hunt for Bill O'Brien's successor.
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January 7, 2014 | BY STEPHEN PIANOVICH, For the Daily News
STATE COLLEGE - Penn State reportedly got an up-close look at two more candidates, but apparently lost another yesterday, as the school continues to search for a head football coach to replace Bill O'Brien. University of Miami coach Al Golden, who reportedly met with Penn State officials on Saturday, released a statement on Miami's website indicating he was staying put. "There has been much speculation concerning my future at the University of Miami," the former Penn State player, assistant coach and Temple head coach said in the release.
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January 6, 2014 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
Coatesville's Daquan Worley said he's still "firmly committed" to playing football for Penn State, but added that he is "waiting to see how things transpire" with the school's choice of a replacement for coach Bill O'Brien. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound cornerback, who committed to the Nittany Lions last May, said he "was kind of disappointed" that O'Brien had left to take over the NFL's Houston Texans. "I say that because of the coach he is and the type of guy he is," Worley said. "But he's a hot commodity right now. He has to make the best decision for him and his family.
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January 6, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The "is-he-or-isn't-he" saga of University of Miami coach Al Golden continued Saturday, with several reports saying that the former Penn State player interviewed in South Florida with a search committee seeking the Nittany Lions' next head coach. Golden, the former Temple coach who has spent three seasons with the Hurricanes, appeared to be a priority of the committee, if not the top priority, among the reported top three candidates being pursued to succeed Bill O'Brien. However, in a text Saturday to writers for the Miami Herald and South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Miami athletic director Blake James said: "Al & I are in regular communication.
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January 5, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
On what appeared to be the first full day of hunting season - for a new head football coach at Penn State, that is - the rumors and reports were flying. But a consensus Friday revealed three early favorites among the contenders to replace Bill O'Brien. Two people with Penn State roots - University of Miami coach Al Golden and Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak - along with Vanderbilt coach James Franklin seemed to have the early interest of the search committee. Conflicting reports existed on Golden.
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January 5, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bill O'Brien says he understands how some people feel let down because he left Penn State after only two years as head coach, but he wants them to know that he didn't want to pass up a "once-in-a-lifetime" opportunity presented to him by the Houston Texans. O'Brien was introduced Friday as the Texans' new head coach at a packed news conference inside Reliant Stadium in Houston. And he made sure to reach out to his former players and Penn State fans during his opening remarks. "I want to thank Penn State for the opportunity they gave me to be their head football coach," he said.
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January 4, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner said he didn't see any clues in the weeks after the final regular-season game that Bill O'Brien would pursue an NFL coaching job because the Nittany Lions were always working on the future of the football program. That, however, changed over the weekend when news broke of O'Brien's interest in the Houston Texans coaching job. The Texans announced his hiring Thursday; he will be introduced during a news conference Friday in Houston.
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January 3, 2014 | BY STEPHEN PIANOVICH, For the Daily News
STATE COLLEGE - He showed up as a no-name coach, but in two seasons, his dimple-chinned face became familiar to the blue-and-white faithful, and he did more than just keep a program afloat in an arduous scenario. Much to the chagrin of Penn State fans, however, Bill O'Brien will not be back for a third season. The 44-year-old will become the next head coach of the NFL's Houston Texans, ESPN reported Tuesday night, and an introductory news conference is expected today. Rumors of O'Brien's potential departure from Penn State swirled for a few weeks, but really gained steam Saturday, when ESPN reported that O'Brien, a former New England Patriots offensive coordinator who spent 5 years under Bill Belichick, was the "overwhelming favorite" to land the Texans job. He will take over a Houston side that won the AFC South in 2011 and '12 and has a core group of talent that includes defensive end J.J. Watt and wideout Andre Johnson.
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