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Butler, Fitzgerald amongst PSU coach resignations

By Matt Maisel

The great Penn State coaching exodus of 2014 continued Monday, as eight members of the Nittany Lions coaching staff submitted their letters of resignation.

Defensive coordinator John Butler, wide receivers coach Stan Hixon, running backs coach Charles London, safeties coach Anthony Midget have left the program, as has Bill O'Brien's right-hand-man, Jim Bernhardt, all of which will reportedly join O'Brien on the Houston Texans staff.

Strength and conditioning coach Craig Fitzgerald also announced his resignation, along with his staff members Dwight Galt IV and Sean Hayes.

Fitzgerald, according to, will join O'Brien as well. Fitzgerald's eccentric and intense personality led him to become arguably the Nittany Lions' most popular staff member. Under the "Iron Lion", Penn State had weekly workouts at 5 a.m. during January and February, and was responsible for a new weightlifting program under Bill O'Brien's tenure.

Butler came to Penn State from South Carolina in 2012 and became the team's secondary and defensive backs coach. He was named defensive coordinator in 2013 when Ted Roof left. Under his leadership, Penn State finished the season as a top-40 overall defense, but did allow a program-record 63 points at Ohio State.

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Edgar Snyder

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