Penn State will have to hire a new defensive line coach.
John Scott Jr., the team’s current defensive line coach and run game coordinator, will be leaving the Nittany Lions to accept a job in the NFL with the Detroit Lions, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation.
Penn State head coach James Franklin confirmed Scott’s departure with a tweeted statement Monday night.
“I would like to thank John for everything he has contributed to our program over the past three years,” the statement read. “John is a great coach and also a great man. I am grateful for his friendship and the impact he has had on our student-athletes. This was a great opportunity for him in the NFL and I wish him and his family nothing but the best.”
He has been with the program for three seasons after stints in the SEC and NFL.
In his time with Penn State he helped develop players like Arnold Ebiketie, who was a second round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft and PJ Mustipher, who should hear his name called in the upcoming 2023 NFL Draft.
This story was originally published February 27, 2023, 6:18 PM.
Jon Sauber covers Penn State football and men’s basketball for the Centre Daily Times. He earned his B.A. in digital and print journalism from Penn State and his M.A. in sports journalism from IUPUI. His previous stops include jobs at The Indianapolis Star, the NCAA, and Rivals.