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Report: Penn State set to hire Purdue coach as defensive assistant

JON SAUBER
Centre Daily Times (TNS)
Penn State

Penn State football has reportedly filled the opening on its coaching staff.

Yahoo Sports' Pete Thamel reported the team will hire Purdue co-defensive coordinator/safeties coach Anthony Poindexter as a defensive assistant. The opening on the staff was created when former Penn State co-defensive coordinator/safeties coach Tim Banks accepted the defensive coordinator job at Tennessee.

Poindexter has been at Purdue for the last four seasons in his role and was the defensive coordinator/safeties coach with Connecticut for the three seasons prior.

He also played football at the University of Virginia — where he was a consensus All-American in 1997 and 1998 — and coached there in a variety of roles for 11 years after retiring from the NFL.

Poindexter would be the third new addition to the coaching staff this offseason after former offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Kirk Ciarrocca was replaced by Mike Yurcich and former tight ends coach Tyler Bowen left for the Jacksonville Jaguars and was replaced by Ty Howle.

Penn State did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the reported hire.