Thursday, November 26, 2015

Reports add two assistants to O'Brien's staff

Media reports have said that John Stollo and Stan Hixon, two coaches who have served on the same staff as Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien in O'Brien's previous jobs, will join the new staff.

Reports add two assistants to O'Brien's staff


The Penn State staff under new head coach Bill O’Brien continued to take shape Monday with reports identifying two new members.

John Strollo, the offensive line coach at Ball State, will be brought on to the staff, according to Kokomo, Ind., television station WIOU.

Stan Hixon, who has coached wide receivers for the last eight years with the Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins, is being brought on as wide receivers coach, the Buffalo News reported.

O’Brien has worked with both Strollo and Hixon before. He and Strollo were on the same staff at Duke in 2005 and 2006 before O’Brien left for the New England Patriots. O’Brien and Hixon spent five years together (1995 through 1999) on the coaching staff at Georgia Tech.

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Assistant coach Kermit Buggs, who worked eight years on the Penn State staff, the last five seasons as safeties coach, said on Twitter he will not be brought back.

“Just got the call this morning I’m not being retained. I thank all of my followers in the Penn State community,” he said in a series of three Tweets. “I thank coach O’Brien for giving me an interview and wish him the best of luck. To my players, Tnx and ‘make plays.’”

Stollo and Hixon would increase O’Brien’s staff to four. A pair of holdovers from the staff of Joe Paterno and Tom Bradley, defensive line coach Larry Johnson and linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden, have been retained.

O’Brien, who is back with the New England Patriots to help them prepare for the start of their playoff run Saturday night against Denver, has said he wanted seven assistants in place by Wednesday to prepare for the resumption of recruiting on Friday.

--Joe Juliano

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Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 30 years, covering covering Penn State football, Villanova basketball and other college sports, along with golf and the Penn Relays. This is his seventh season on The Inquirer’s Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976-84.

Joining Joe this season is Erin McCarthy, an intern for The Inquirer and a junior at Penn State majoring in print and digital journalism. This is Erin's first season on the Penn State football beat. She previously spent two summers as an Inquirer summer intern on the Pennsylvania and South Jersey desks. She is also an editor for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A Delaware County native, Erin graduated from Episcopal Academy.

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