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Rutgers Graduate Assistant Sam Williams Joins Football Staff

James Franklin is all too familiar with stealing recruits from Rutgers, but now the head coach is taking one of his own. Rutgers graduate assistant Sam Williams announced on Twitter yesterday that he will leave his position in Piscataway for one in Happy Valley.

Williams’ new position at Penn State is tabbed as a special teams/recruiting quality control, according to Williams joins the staff after two years as a graduate assistant. Per NCAA rules, graduate assistants cannot stay on staff for longer than two years.

Although Williams is new to Central Pennsylvania, some faces on the current coaching staff are familiar ones. Head Coach James Franklin hired Williams in 2012 as an offensive quality control assistant while at Vanderbilt. Prior to working with the Commodores, Williams spent four years at his alma mater Shepherd University (W. Va.), serving as the quarterbacks coach from 2008-11, highlighted by an NCAA Division II national semifinals appearance during a 12-2 campaign in 2010.

A few Rutgers players took to Twitter to wish Williams well, and to start some friendly intra-conference smack talk.


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