New Penn State coach Bill O'Brien has filled all nine positions on his staff -- including an assistant head coach -- and he plans to handle the offensive coordinator and playcalling duties, which he currently does with the New England Patriots.
O'Brien has selected Stan Hixon as his assistant head coach. Hixon, 54, has been an NFL receivers coach for the past nine years with Washington and Buffalo and will handle those responsibilities at Penn State, as well.
Hixon coached alongside O'Brien at Georgia Tech in the late 1990s, then moved on to LSU for four years before going to the NFL in 2004 with the Redskins.
Penn State has confirmed seven of the nine coaches on O'Brien's staff. Two additional ones, defensive coordinator Ted Roof and quarterbacks coach George Godsey, also have been hired, according to several media outlets.
Godsey played quarterback at Georgia Tech when O'Brien was there as an assistant coach.
Without referring specifically to Roof and Godsey, Penn State spokesman Jeff Nelson tweeted Thursday that additional staff members will be confirmed "once University employment procedures have been completed."
The nine members of PSU's staff and their positions:
* Stan Hixon, assistant head coach and receivers
* Ted Roof, defensive coordinator
* Larry Johnson, defensive line
* Ron Vanderlinden, linebackers
* George Godsey, quarterbacks
* Charles London, running backs
* Mac McWhorter, offensive line
* John Strollo, tight ends
* John Butler, secondary
"I said last weekend we were going to put together the best staff for Penn State, and I firmly believe we have done that," O'Brien said in a PSU statement. "It was crucial to get an experienced, passionate and enthusiastic staff together quickly so they can hit the ground running.
"All of these coaches have varied and successful backgrounds coaching in the NFL, college and high school across the country. They have developed extensive relationships with coaches that will be vital in our recruiting efforts. They are excited to meet our current players, get on the road and become part of the Penn State football family."
The Mirror will have detailed profiles of each coach on the staff in Sunday's edition.