Final Two Assistants Added, Staff Now Complete

Onward and upward, young man. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)


It took an unbelievably frustrating two months for Penn State to officially name its new head coach, and it has taken less than five days thereafter for that coach to fill out a talented staff. Today, Bill O'Brien named the final two non-GA members of his staff in New England Patriots offensive assistant George Godsey and South Carolina special teams coach John Butler.

South Carolina special teams coach John Butler will join the Nittany Lions, although his role is likely as the defensive backs coach, and New England Patriots offensive assistant George Godsey will be the quarterbacks coach, according to several reports.

It remains unclear whether Butler will also reprise his role from South Carolina and take over the special teams duties, but it seems a likely outcome. Additionally, with Godsey taking the QB coach tag, it is still uncertain how the head coach, offensive coordinator, QB coach roles will be separated. O'Brien has said that he wants to handle play-calling duties his first year, and with no offensive coordinator named as of yet, it suggests that O'Brien will be a dual head coach/coordinator. However, there is some speculation that Godsey, currently in Foxboro with O'Brien prepping for Saturday's showdown with Denver, could handle the coordinator position as well.

All in all, the assembled staff has been met with pretty solid support. Welcome, Penn State fans, your new football overlords:

Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator - Bill O'Brien
Defensive Coordinator - Ted Roof
Quarterbacks Coach - George Godsey
Running Backs Coach - Charles London
Wide Receivers Coach - Stan Hixon
Tight Ends Coach - John Strollo
Offensive Line Coach - Mac McWhorter
Defensive Line Coach - Larry Johnson
Linebackers Coach - Ron Vanderlinden
Defensive Backs Coach - John Butler
Graduate Assistant -
Graduate Assistant -
Strength Training - John Thomas

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