PSU's O'Brien meets with team, retains Vanderlinden as coach

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State coach Bill O'Brien met with his players for the first time tonight for 45 minutes at the Lasch Football Building.

Afterward, he left to rejoin the New England Patriots, where he will serve as offensive coordinator through the NFL playoffs.

"I think guys are really happy he's here and excited about the future," redshirt sophomore guard John Urschel said.

Sophomore tailback Silas Redd said he is excited about O'Brien's new offense.

"It will be completely different," he said.

A few players confirmed that linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden has been retained from the previous coaching staff. On Saturday, O'Brien announced that he also would keep defensive line coach Larry Johnson.

Also today, Charles London, an assistant/quality control coach in his first season with the NFL's Tennessee Titans, was hired as Penn State's new running backs coach.

O'Brien said he hopes to have seven assistant coaches in place by Wednesday.

London, a former Duke player, was a graduate assistant for the Blue Devils in 2004-05 and was named running backs coach in 2006, when O'Brien served as the offensive coordinator.


Ron Musselman: rmusselman@post-gazette.com and Twitter @rmusselmanppg.


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