September 12, 2014 |
On Tuesday afternoon, Dan Connor had just walked out from a linebackers and special-teams meeting. Nothing new about that. Connor had been in so many of them during six years in the NFL and for four years before that at Penn State, where he remains the all-time leading tackler. But this time, Connor, 28, was running the meeting as first-year linebackers coach at West Chester University. Connor figures he prepared for about an hour on what he wanted to cover as the Rams installed some new looks.
May 5, 2013 |
Coatesville High junior Daquan Worley, a quick-footed running back and defensive back, orally committed Friday morning to play for Penn State. The 5-foot-10, 185-pounder, who helped lead the Red Raiders to the PIAA Class AAAA state championship game last season, is projected to play cornerback for the Nittany Lions. He is the seventh player - and first defensive back - to commit for the Class of 2014. "Deep down, he just really felt like he wanted to be part of the Penn State community," Coatesville head coach Matt Ortega said.
August 8, 2012 |
Roman Catholic's William Fuller switched gears over the weekend, decommitting from Penn State and choosing instead to play for Notre Dame. "I loved the environment as soon as I stepped on campus," the senior wide receiver said after his visit to South Bend, Ind. Fuller had committed to play for Penn State in early June. "A lot of things were going on, with the sanctions and stuff," he said. "But I don't think it had anything to do with Penn State. It had more to do with Notre Dame.
June 28, 2012 |
THE COMMITMENTS for the class of 2013 continue to roll in at Penn State. The Nittany Lions received a verbal commitment from outside linebacker Zach Bradshaw, from Damascus (Md.) High, according to recruiting websites. Bradshaw, 6-3, 205, becomes the 13th junior to commit to Penn State. He cannot sign a letter of intent until February. He is considered a three-star prospect by Scout.com and Rivals.com. Scout has him as the 67th best linebacker in the country in his class.
February 18, 2012 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Head coach Bill O'Brien announced Friday that he has hired Miami of Ohio's Charlie Fisher as Penn State's quarterbacks coach. He fills the final assistant coaching spot on the staff. Fisher is leaving Miami after one season serving as the passing game coordinator, and quarterbacks and wide receivers coach. He previously spent nine seasons at Vanderbilt, coaching the passing game and the wide receivers. "I've known him for a long time. He's a bright guy, a sharp guy," O'Brien said.
February 2, 2012 |
Without a head coach for months and without program certainty in the future, Penn State's 2012 recruiting class could have been a lost cause. But throughout the tumultuous recruiting process during the Nittany Lions' most trying year, Larry Johnson, arguably the team's best recruiter, remained. And because of his presence, the Lions were still able to bring in what the coaches called an extremely successful 2012 class. On national signing day Wednesday, with the Lions snagging 19 incoming freshmen, fellow assistants new and old couldn't say enough about the Penn State defensive line coach and his ability to retain those high school athletes with murky minds about the university's future.
January 13, 2012 |
PENN STATE officially announced six members of Bill O'Brien's football coaching staff, although the names have been leaking out all week. The school already had announced that Larry Johnson would return as defensive line coach. Additionally, Penn State said Ron Vanderlinden would remain as linebackers coach; Stan Hixon had been named assistant head coach and wide receivers coach; and Charles London (running backs), Mac McWhorter (offensive line) and John Strollo (tight ends) would be joining the staff.
January 13, 2012 |
New Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien offered no surprises Thursday as he officially named six members of his coaching staff in time for the start of the final open high school recruiting push. But O'Brien, who as New England's offensive coordinator is preparing the Patriots for Saturday night's NFL playoff game against Denver, did raise a few eyebrows by revealing through a spokesman he will call the plays for the Penn State offense and not hire an offensive coordinator. The appointment of defensive line coach Larry Johnson was disclosed last Saturday by O'Brien at his introductory news conference in State College.
January 12, 2012 |
PENN STATE coach Bill O'Brien has reportedly added two more names to complete his staff. South Carolina special-teams coach John Butler will join the Nittany Lions, although his role is likely to be the defensive backs coach, and New England Patriots offensive assistant George Godsey will be the quarterbacks coach, according to several reports. O'Brien and Penn State have only confirmed Larry Johnson among the nine assistants now reported to be on O'Brien's staff. Butler was at South Carolina for one season after spending four seasons at Minnesota as the linebackers and special-teams coach.