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PSU plugs hole in coaching staff with new defensive assistant

| Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, 1:56 p.m.

Penn State coach Bill O'Brien has filled the lone opening on his staff by hiring Anthony Midget from Marshall.

A Marshall spokesman confirmed the hiring Thursday.

Midget had been at Marshall for less than two weeks. He spent the previous five seasons at Georgia State and served as Georgia State's defensive coordinator in 2012 before leaving for Marshall.

Midget fills the opening that was created when defensive coordinator Ted Roof left to take the same position at Georgia Tech and O'Brien promoted secondary coach John Butler to run the defense.

Midget was a standout cornerback at Virginia Tech in the late 1990s, and he helped the Hokies play for the national championship in 1999.

In addition to coaching the defensive backs at Georgia State, Midget coordinated the special teams for four seasons.

He will likely coach both the defensive backs and work closely with the special teams at Penn State.

Scott Brown is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at sbrown@tribweb.com or via Twitter @ScottBrown_Trib.

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