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Report: Anthony Poindexter Planning To Stay At Penn State

Update, 2:39 p.m.: Well, that was fast.

According to ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg, Penn State’s Anthony Poindexter plans to stay with the Nittany Lions despite receiving interest from UVA.

UVA’s head coaching gig remains open, so speculation could continue until it’s filled. For now, though, signs are pointing toward Poindexter remaining in Happy Valley.

Update, 1:53 p.m. Wednesday, December 8: Penn State football’s safeties coach and co-defensive coordinator Anthony Poindexter is still in the mix for the head coaching vacancy at UVA.

ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg reported Wednesday, however, that the Cavaliers could be “pivoting” in their search for a new head coach. While UVA’s hiring of Poindexter was rumored to be “imminent” earlier this week, Rittenberg reports that he’s being considered along with current Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott.

Original Story: After just one season in Happy Valley, Anthony Poindexter will reportedly take the head coaching job at his alma mater.

According to Jerry Ratcliffe, Penn State’s former safeties coach and co-defensive coordinator will be the next head coach at UVA.

The Nittany Lions hired Poindexter back in February to take the spot of Tim Banks. In just one season alongside James Franklin, Poindexter helped develop Jaquan Brisker and Ji’Ayir Brown into one of the top safety duos in the country. The second of that pair has totaled 67 tackles and four interceptions on the year, while Brisker has two picks and 63 tackles.

Brisker was a first-team All-Big Ten selection at season’s end while Brown made the third-time. Meanwhile, Poindexter helped lead a top position group on a defense that allowed just 16.8 points per game this year.

Before he began his climb through the coaching ranks, Poindexter had a legendary playing career as a Cavalier. In 40 games played at safety, the Lynchburg, Va. native grabbed 12 interceptions and was a two-time All-American selection. UVA retired his No. 3 jersey back in 2009, and he was inducted as a member of the College Football Hall of Fame’s 2020 class.

Poindexter is now the second defensive coach to leave Penn State for the state of Virginia. Former defensive coordinator Brent Pry is now the head coach at Virginia Tech after working alongside James Franklin since 2011.

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Will Pegler

Will is a senior majoring in digital and print journalism and is an associate editor for Onward State. He is from Darien, Connecticut and is a lifelong Penn State football fan. He loves a good 80's comedy movie, Peaky Blinders, The Office, and the New York Yankees and Giants. You can catch some of his ridiculous sports takes on his Twitter @gritdude and yell at him on his email [email protected]


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