Update, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday: Penn State confirmed in a news release that linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden and quarterbacks coach Charlie Fisher resigned from the program “to pursue other opportunities.”
“I’ve greatly enjoyed my 13 years at Penn State and all the student-athletes I had an opportunity to work with,” Vanderlinden said in the news release. “I wish Coach O’Brien and Penn State nothing but the best in the future.”
“I want to thank Penn State and Coach O’Brien for the opportunity to be a part of the program the past two seasons,” Fisher said in the release. “It was a great experience and I am very proud of what we accomplished. Now I’m looking forward to the next chapter and making a positive impact on the next group of players I have the privilege of working with.”
Original report: It appears that Penn State’s coaching staff is in the middle of a shakeup only a couple of days after a monumental upset victory to end Bill O’Brien’s second season.
It’s being reported that respected, longtime linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden and quarterbacks coach Charlie Fisher are no longer with the program. This comes nearly a year after head coach O’Brien lost his defensive coordinator Ted Roof, who took the same position at Georgia Tech.
The recent reports, however, did not cite specific reasons or information as to the details of Vanderlinden’s and Fisher’s departures.
Vanderlinden and defensive line coach Larry Johnson were the only holdovers from Joe Paterno’s staff to be retained by O’Brien.
Vanderlinden, the former Maryland head coach, joined the Penn State staff as linebackers coach in 2001 and has helped develop future NFL standouts Cameron Wake, Paul Posluszny, Sean Lee and NaVorro Bowman. His latest two stars, Mike Mauti and Gerald Hodges, are rookies with the Minnesota Vikings.
Fisher was a former offensive assistant at Vanderbilt and Miami (Ohio) before joining O’Brien’s staff in 2012. He helped mold fifth-year senior Matt McGloin into an NFL prospect and coached rookie Christian Hackenberg, the five-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week.
No one is reporting any possible replacement possibilities for either spot. Without a bowl game to prepare for, the Penn State staff is beginning a heavy recruiting surge before the NCAA-mandated “dead period” beginning on Dec. 15.