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Four assistant coaches leave Penn State, expected to join O'Brien

Four assistant coaches and other members of Bill O'Brien's staff at Penn State have submitted their resignations, reportedly to join O'Brien with the Houston Texans.

Four assistant coaches leave Penn State, expected to join O'Brien

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Penn State head coach Bill O´Brien talks during a news conference after an NCAA college football game against Wisconsin Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, in Madison, Wis. Penn State won 31-24. (Morry Gash/AP file)
Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien talks during a news conference after an NCAA college football game against Wisconsin Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, in Madison, Wis. Penn State won 31-24. (Morry Gash/AP file)

Four members of Bill O'Brien's coaching staff at Penn State -- defensive coordinator John Butler, wide receivers coach Stan Hixon, running backs coach Charles London and safeties coach Anthony Midget -- have submitted their resignations, effective Monday, a Penn State spokesman said.

Multiple reports say the four will join O'Brien's staff with the Houston Texans. O'Brien was introduced last Friday as the Texans' new head coach.

Strength and conditioning coach Craig Fitzgerald and two of his assistants, Dwight Galt IV and Sean Hayes, also have resigned from Penn State and are expected to work for the Texans. Special assistant Jim Bernhardt, special assistant to the head coach and a long-time friend of O'Brien's, also is heading to Houston.

Both Butler and Fitzgerald are graduates of La Salle College High School.

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Only three assistant coaches remain from O'Brien's staff at Penn State: defensive line coach and interim head coach Larry Johnson, offensive line coach Mac McWhorter and tight ends coach John Strollo. McWhorter came out of retirement to join O'Brien with the Nittany Lions two years ago and may retire again.

There were no reports Monday on whether the search committee seeking a new head coach was involved in interviews with any candidates. Johnson is expected to receive an interview some time this week, according to reports.

--Joe Juliano

Staff Writer
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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.

Joe Juliano Inquirer Staff Writer
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