O'Brien hires second assistant for staff

Bill O'Brien has reportedly hired Tennessee Titans assistant Charles London to his coaching staff. (AP Photo/Andy Colwell)

It appears as if new Penn State coach Bill O’Brien has added a second assistant to his coaching staff.

The Tennesseean newspaper in Nashville reported Sunday that Charles London, an offensive assistant in charge of quality control with the Tennessee Titans, has agreed to become running backs coach for the Nittany Lions.

During his introductory press conference Saturday, O'Brien announced that defensive line coach Larry Johnson, a Penn State assistant for 16 years, would be retained.

London and O’Brien were on the Duke coaching staff together in 2005 and 2006. London was a graduate assistant and later running backs coach while O’Brien served both years as offensive coordinator.

London, who played running back for Duke from 1994 through 1996, also was on the Chicago Bears’ coaching staff from 2007 to 2009 and spent the 2010 season with the Eagles as a pro scout.

London, who told the newspaper that O’Brien “has been a tremendous mentor for me,” said he has no reservations about heading to Penn State and facing the challenges that resulted from the discovery last November of the child sexual abuse scandal.

“A lot of the guys that were there had nothing to do with the scandal and it’s a shame the university has been tarnished in that way,” he told the Tennesseean. “But we are going to do our best to try and restore the name of Penn State football.”

As for O’Brien, he said, “He is a very bright guy. He understands people. He understands relationships. He is a highly driven guy, very passionate about what he does.”

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