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Penn State hires Central Catholic grad to coach offensive line

| Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, 3:39 p.m.

Matt Limegrover is Penn State's new offensive line coach, replacing Herb Hand, who left for Auburn.

Limegrover, 47, was offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Minnesota since 2011 under coach Jerry Kill, who retired for health reasons in late October, and interim coach Tracy Claeys. He was fired in November after Claeys got the job full-time.

Like new offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead, Limegrover is a Pittsburgh native and Central Catholic grad.

“I am both humbled and honored to join Coach (James) Franklin's staff and coach at Penn State,” he said in a statement. “Growing up in Western Pennsylvania, I have been a Penn State fan my entire life and to now have the opportunity to coach there is overwhelming. I can't wait to get there and start working on building an offensive line to help this program become a championship team.”

Limegrover will seek to improve an offensive line that contributed to 83 sacks the past two seasons. Minnesota allowed 19 sacks in 2015, 19th best among FBS teams.

“He is another Pennsylvania guy, born and raised in Pittsburgh, so he is very familiar with Penn State and this region,” Franklin said in a statement. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and a ton of great experience. “

Limegrover has been a college coach for 25 years. He spent five seasons at Minnesota. Before that, he was Northern Illinois' offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for three seasons. He reportedly turned down an offer to be head coach at Southern Illinois last season.

Bob Cohn is a Tribune-Review staff writer Reach him at bcohn@tribweb.com or via Twitter@BCohn_Trib.

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