The first reports of an assistant coach being named after Bill O'Brien surrounded Charles London, the 36-year old former quality control coach with the Tennessee Titans. London will coach the running backs at Penn State, a position he played at Duke before coaching them at Duke for a year in 2006. Again, a word of warning: be careful not to swap the first and last name when researching Charles London.
Playing Experience. Not too much to brag about, outside of a 51-yard scoring scamper against Florida State in 1995. He was recruited by Ted Roof to Duke and will reunite with Roof on the Penn State coaching staff, as Peter outlined earlier this week. London lettered in both football and track while at Duke, running in the 4x100 relay.
After school, London bounced around a couple of different sports related jobs before entering the coaching realm, including a stint with Disney's Wide World of Sports.
Coaching Experience. In 2004, London got his break at his alma mater, becoming a graduate assistant under head coach Ted Roof for two years at Duke before a one year assignment as running backs coach. In 2007, London was hired as a quality control assistant for the Chicago Bears. London spent a lot of his time in Chicago working with the wide receivers. There are some questions as to whether performance (or lack thereof) issues contributed to his departure from Chicago in 2010, but the Bears official position was that London was simply not renewed. Finally, London spent the last year as an offensive assistant/quality control coach with the Tennessee Titans. He received Titans head coach, and former Penn Stater, Mike Munchak's blessing before heading to State College.
Errata. There isn't much else known about London. He's a young, up-and-coming African-American coach who walks into a great, yet tenuous, spot at Penn State. He'll be the position coach for one of the better running backs we've seen in some time, but he'll also have a pretty shallow depth chart. Having spent more than a few years in a film room for both college and professional teams, London will be an asset in game prep for Coach O'Brien.
Outlook. Much like George Godsey, we're forced into a wait-and-see approach. London's career path is still much too short to make any real judgments. He has been around the block in the NFL and college, and has seen the growth of some pretty good running backs (Matt Forte, Chris Johnson). Hopefully he learned some valuable lessons and can coach Silas Redd to the next level (Note to self: purchase Silas4Heisman.com domain name).