A little breaking news on a late Friday afternoon…
FootballScoop.com first reported that Penn State wide receivers coach Gerad Parker is leaving the program. Looks like he’s going to be the new offensive coordinator at West Virginia:
Bruce Feldman has since confirmed the news.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 10, 2020
Parker was a solid hire a year ago for a Penn State receivers group that struggled badly in 2018, and this is a good promotion for him (even if Penn State’s receiving corps was hardly devoid of the drops issues that plagued it a year before).
For Penn State, it has to be a little bit of a concern. It will be looking for its fourth receivers coach in the last four season in the coming days, having gone from Josh Gattis in 2017 to David Cornley in 2018 to Parker last season to…whoever gets the job next year. Surely, James Franklin is aware of the state of coaching in today’s game, but he’ll likely admit he wants more of a consistent voice than that running a position year-by-year.
Donnie Collins has been a member of The Times-Tribune sports staff for nearly 20 years and has been the Penn State football beat writer for Times-Shamrock Newspapers since 2004. The Penn State Football Blog covers Nittany Lions, Big Ten and big-time college football news from Beaver Stadium to the practice field, the bowl game to National Letter of Intent Signing Day. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; 570-348-9100 x5368; @DonnieCollinsTT