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Monday, January 9, 2012
O'Brien retains Ron Vanderlinden at PSU

By Adam Rittenberg

New Penn State coach Bill O'Brien is keeping two defensive assistants from the previous staff.

O'Brien, who announced Saturday he's retaining defensive line coach Larry Johnson, also will keep linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden, Penn State players said after meeting their new head coach Sunday night. It's a wise move as both Johnson and Vanderlinden are two of the best at what they do. There's no official word on whether O'Brien will retain defensive coordinator Tom Bradley, but Bradley's statement following O'Brien's hiring all but spells out that his time at Penn State is over.

Other assistants not retained include tight ends/tackles coach Bill Kenney and secondary coach Kermit Buggs.