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Marshall football: Newly hired football assistant leaves for Penn State

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – New Marshall defensive assistant Anthony Midget's tenure in Huntington was a fleeting one. Marshall Coach Doc Holliday confirmed Wednesday that Midget, announced January 28 as an addition to the Thundering Herd coaching staff, was leaving to take a job with Penn State.

Holliday said when other programs seek his assistants that means he's made good hires that are attractive to other head coaches.

"We hire good coaches," Holliday said. "It's a compliment to us. We hire great people and we'll hire another great coach."

Midget spent 2012 as the defensive coordinator at Georgia State University, and left the GSU staff after former Coach Bill Curry retired and was replaced by Trent Miles. Midget's role on Marshall's defensive staff had not yet been announced. 

He is one of several Marshall assistants to leave this offseason. Former defensive coordinator Chris Rippon resigned and was replaced by former Temple defensive coordinator Chuck Heater. Former co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tony Petersen took the offensive coordinator job at Louisiana Tech. Former offensive line Coach Geep Wade left for a job at Middle Tennessee State, and was replaced by former Florida International offensive line Coach Alex Mirabal. 

Former head strength and conditioning Coach Joe Miday left for Western Kentucky, replaced by former University of Central Florida associate strength and conditioning Coach Scott Sinclair. Cornerbacks coach Lytrel Pollard left to take a job at his alma mater, Southern Mississippi.

-- Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at or 304-348-1712. His blog is at Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.


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