It’s official: Penn State assistants, including Craig Fitzgerald, leaving the Lions

The changes are not very surprising. Still, the Penn State football coaching staff is down to only a few members after today.

Which doesn’t make interim head coach Larry Johnson’s job any easier until a new leader is named. He still remains the point person for all current players as well as a 19-member recruiting class that’s in limbo.

Well-liked Craig Fitzgerald, Penn State's strength and conditioning leader, is joining Bill O'Brien in Houston.

Well-liked Craig Fitzgerald, Penn State’s strength and conditioning leader, is joining Bill O’Brien in Houston.

Meanwhile, assistant coaches John Butler, Stan Hixon, Charles London and Anthony Midget submitted their resignations, effective today, as did Jim Bernhardt, special assistant to the head coach, according to a Penn State sports information director, Jeff Nelson.

Plus, strength and conditioning coaches Craig Fitzgerald, Dwight Galt IV and Sean Hayes also informed the university they are leaving.

Butler, Hixon, Midget and Bernhardt are reportedly joining Bill O’Brien with the Houston Texans, as is much of Penn State’s strength and conditioning staff, led by Fitzgerald.

It seems likely that London, the running backs’ coach who came to Penn State from the NFL, could join O’Brien, as well.

This comes after the early-December departures of linebacker coach Ron Vanderlinden and quarterbacks coach Charlie Fisher.

That leaves Johnson, offensive line coach Mac McWhorter and tight ends coach John Strollo as the only coaches officially on staff while the search for a new head coach closes in on a week.

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