There’s been a lot of speculation the last week or so about current Penn State assistants leaving the program to take jobs elsewhere. #1 assistant, Kurt Kanaskie, was reportedly very interested in the St. Francis job opening, just down the street in Loretto, PA. There were even premature reports that Kanaskie indeed was offered the job and that he had accepted the offer. However, that all turned out to be false as Don Friday has been announced as the new St. Francis head coach, and Kanaskie had ‘withdrew’ his name from consideration.
However, it has become official that the only minority assistant on the staff, coach Hillary Scott, has taken the head coaching position at Divison III Lynchburg College. Many could view this as a very puzzling career move, but it’s really not. Scott’s a young guy with an incredibly young family (a three year old, and a newborn infant). Why not become THE man at a program in your hometown? His pay is probably less, but not as much as some people would think. I wish him all the best as he tries to turn around a squad that went 3-22 last season. He did a great job working loyally for Ed DeChellis his first five seasons here at PSU (and also for another 5 at ETSU), and his work ethic and leadership will be missed.
Now what does this mean for Penn State? Well, it means Coach DeChellis is going to have to hire someone else. The quality of the assistant that is willing to come to Penn State at this time remains to be seen. Our coaching staff’s stability isn’t exactly certain. We also haven’t been very successful the last 7 years. I haven’t the slightest clue who it will be, but we’ll find out soon enough.