Penn State hires new assistant coach Anthony Midget

Penn State Football coach Bill O'Brien confirmed his plans to remain at the university for the 2013-14 season at a news conference in State College, Pa. on Monday, January 7, 2013. (Ralph Wilson/AP)

Penn State coach Bill O’Brien formally announced Thursday the hiring of Anthony Midget as an assistant coach in charge of the safeties.

Midget, 34, a former All-American cornerback at Virginia Tech, coached for the last five seasons at Georgia State, his last year as defensive coordinator. He replaces John Butler, who was promoted to defensive coordinator of the Nittany Lions after Ted Roof left last month to take the same job at Georgia Tech.

“Anthony will be a great addition to our staff,” O’Brien said in a statement. “He is an experienced and passionate defensive coach and recruiter.”

In the statement, Midget called in an honor to be joining O’Brien’s staff and that he was “excited to get to know the players and get ready for spring practice.”

The hiring of Midget was reported on Feb. 7 but not confirmed by Penn State until Thursday.

--Joe Juliano