Penn State is building its first post-Joe Paterno coaching staff under new head coach Bill O'Brien, and will be turning to a defensive coordinator with a national championship ring on his hand in that effort. The Big Ten Network's Tom Dienhart reports that Penn State will hire Ted Roof, who served as Auburn's defensive coordinator in 2011.
Roof was already set to depart Auburn for Central Florida, where he would have served as defensive coordinator under George O'Leary, but Penn State obviously provides a slightly higher profile than UCF can. Furthermore, though Roof's tenure as Central Florida's defensive coordinator has spanned about a month and covered no actual football games, he's had short stints in his coaching career in the past.
Despite coaching a defense that helped Auburn win a national title in 2010, Roof has been regarded as a substandard defensive coordinator for more than a few years, and his 2011 Auburn defense allowed 30 or more points on six occasions.
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