Penn State Football: Anthony Midget to Fill Assistant Coaching Vacancy
*Updated at 11:29 a.m. Feb. 14
Penn State announced Midget's hiring Thursday morning.
Earlier on Feb. 6
Less than a few hours after Bill O'Brien stated that the vacant position on his defensive staff would be filled within the week, multiple outlets covering Marshall football are reporting that defensive assistant Anthony Midget will leave the program for Penn State.
"We hire good coaches," Marshall head coach Doc Holliday told the Charleston Daily Mail, confirming Midget's move to Penn State. "It's a compliment to us. We hire great people and we'll hire another great coach."
Midget had joined the staff at Marshall in late January but reportedly could not turn down the opening at Penn State. The Herald Dispatch in Huntington, W. Va. first reported the news Wednesday afternoon.
O'Brien is looking to fill a void following the departure of former defensive coordinator Ted Roof. Defensive backs coach John Butler was promoted, leaving his previous position vacant.
Midget coached as Georgia State's defensive coordinator in 2012 and secondary coach and special teams coordinator since 2008. He was also an All-American defensive back at Virginia Tech before being drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in 2000.
Midget coached from 2002 until 2007 at Lake Worth High School in Lake Worth, Fla., where his positions included assistant head coach, defensive coordinator, defensive backs coach and running backs coach. He also coached track, weightlifting, basketball and taught physical education.
While the Nittany Lions coaching staff has focused on Penn State's traditional recruiting grounds, southern ties with several members of the coaching staff have led to three deep-south recruits signing their national letters of intent earlier Wednesday. Midget would not only fit the role of a young, energetic coach, but would add another tie to a region Penn State is looking to expand its influence into.