Penn State head coach James Franklin announced on Wednesday that he has hired former NFL head coach and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett to serve as a consultant to the Nittany Lions football program.
Haslett, a Pittsburgh native, was the defensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins from 2010-2014 until he and the club announced a “mutual parting of ways” in late December. Haslett was previously a candidate for the DC job at UCLA. That job eventually went to former Penn State DC Tom Bradley this past February.
Franklin said in a statement, “We are very excited to have Jim with our program. Jim has an outstanding football mind and invaluable experience that will be a tremendous resource. He has great knowledge of the game at the next level and we plan to put that to good use. He will work with our offensive, special teams and defensive coaches and will be a fantastic sounding board for our staff.”
Haslett’s last, and only, job at the collegiate level was at the University of Buffalo where he served as a defensive assistant from 1988-90. He was the head coach of the New Orleans Saints from 2000-05, and the interim head coach of the St. Louis Rams in 2008.
Haslett said he is “thrilled to join the Penn State football family,” adding, “James is one of the great, young head coaches in the collegiate game today and he is leading this Penn State program in the right direction. The future is very bright for Penn State football and I am excited to be a part of it.”
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