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More assistants depart program

As Penn State's search for a head coach continues, several members of the previous staff have elected to leave the program as well.

Assistant coaches Stan Hixon, Charles London, Anthony Midget and John Butler as well as strength and conditioning coaches Craig Fitzgerald, Dwight Galt IV and Sean Hayes and administrative assistant Jim Bernhardt have submitted their resignations, effective today, Penn State confirmed to Lions247 on Monday.

Hixon helped coach wide receiver Allen Robinson to two record-setting seasons, while London, who also served as Penn State's recruiting coordinator, mentored backs Zach Zwinak and Bill Belton, who combined for nearly 2,800 rushing yards over the last two seasons.

Butler coached the defensive backs for one season, then took over as the defensive coordinator this year. The Nittany Lions finished eighth in the Big Ten in scoring defense. Midget joined the staff this past offseason and headed up a safety unit that struggled at times but didn't have a ton of scholarship depth.

Fitzgerald helped oversee massive structural changes to both Penn State's weight room and its overall conditioning program. Galt and Hayes both assisted him for the last two seasons. Bernhardt served as a special assistant to Bill O'Brien.

Interim head coach Larry Johnson, offensive line coach Mac McWhorter, tight ends coach John Strollo are the remaining assistants on staff.

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