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Penn State Football: Bowl Game Coaching Absences Mounting For Georgia

by on December 15, 2015 2:00 PM

So this is unique. 

Penn State of course will be without former offensive coordinator John Donovan for the Nittany Lions' bowl game on January, 2nd against Georgia. That much has been known for at least a few weeks. Penn State's quarterback coach Ricky Rahne will take over game planning and play calling duties for the game before handing over those responsibilities to newly hired coordinator Joe Moorhead.

But then there's Georgia.

A program, much like Penn State, in transition between one head coach and another. Former Alabama assistant Kirby Smart will lead Georgia next year meaning Penn State will face a fourth interim head coach this season alone. The Nittany Lions are 3-0 so far this season against such teams.

That's not all though, the Bulldogs will be missing a few other pieces as well. In fact Georgia will be without a head coach, an offensive coordinator and a defensive coordinator the program announced this week. All three positions will be filled other assistants in interim roles. Receivers coach Bryan McClendon has been working as interim head coach for the past several weeks.

With OC Brian Schottenheimer and DC Jeremy Pruitt no longer with the team, tight ends coach and co-special teams coordinator John Lilly will call the offense while outside linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer will do the same on the defensive side of the ball.

In total that turns Penn State and Georgia's reward for a season well played into a game that in which neither team will have a full allotment of full time coaches at their usual positions.

While there is a certain level of hilarity that comes with this, equally true is the fact that every assistant for both programs is well versed in what their respective teams have been trying to do all season. When the whistle blows and the plays are called it doesn't really matter who is on the sideline calling them. Things might be a little rough around the edges, but when the ball is kicked it's just another football game.

But it is a little odd.

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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