Tuesday, February 9, 2016

O'Brien: London and Vanderlinden will oversee special teams

Penn State coach Bill O'Brien has designated assistant coaches Charles London and Ron Vanderlinden as overseeing special teams.

O'Brien: London and Vanderlinden will oversee special teams

Ron Vanderlinden was moved from LB coach to oversee Bill O´Brien´s special teams. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
Ron Vanderlinden was moved from LB coach to oversee Bill O'Brien's special teams. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

Penn State coach Bill O’Brien has announced that running backs coach Charles London and linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden will oversee special teams.

The announcement came via a Twitter feed late Friday.

John Butler had overseen special teams last season when he also coached the Penn State secondary. He was promoted last month to defensive coordinator.

Penn State’s special teams struggled last season. The Nittany Lions finished last in the Big Ten in kickoff returns, next-to-last in net punting, 10th in kickoff coverage and ninth in punt returns.

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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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