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Former Penn State football coach says farewell to Nittany Lion fans

John Scott Jr. said his goodbyes to the Penn State football program on Monday.



Former Penn State football coach
Sep 24, 2022; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; A general view of Beaver Stadium prior to the game between the Central Michigan Chippewas and the Penn State Nittany Lions. Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

The search is on for the Nittany Lions’ new defensive line coach after John Scott Jr. accepted a position with the Detroit Lions not long ago. On Monday, the former Penn State football coach said his goodbyes in a message to the program, players, and fans.

Former Penn State football coach says farewell

Former Penn State football coach John Scott Jr. coached the Nittany Lions’ defensive line groups for three seasons on James Franklin’s staff. He developed numerous high-end talents, and continued to develop an elite defensive line throughout his most recent season in State College. Following Penn State’s most recent campaign — which saw the Lions finish 11-2 overall and ranked in the top-10 following their Rose Bowl victory — Scott was picked up by the NFL’s Detroit Lions.

Here is what former Penn State football coach John Scott Jr. had to say to the entire program, its players, and its fans:

The search is on for a new defensive line coach

With Penn State’s spring ball right around the corner now, we expect head coach James Franklin to move fast in filling Scott’s role. Over the weekend it was reported that first-year Chicago Bears defensive line coach Justin Hind was at the top of Franklin’s wish list — seeing as Scott’s official farewell message came today, we expect the new hire to come within the week. CLICK HERE for more information on Penn State’s interest in NFL assistant Justin Hind.

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