Just when you thought Penn State's 2020 coaching staff was set, the Nittany Lions have been thrown a curveball. Longtime defensive line coach Sean Spencer is leaving the program to take the same job in the NFL with the New York Giants according to multiple reports.
Spencer has been with head coach James Franklin for all six seasons in Happy Valley, as well as all three in Nashville with Vanderbilt. Spencer has served as defensive line coach at both stops, and had associate head coach and run game coordinator added to his title prior to the 2018 season.
The list of successful players on the field under the man known as "Coach Chaos" is a lengthy one. Carl Nassib became a unanimous All-American under Spencer in the 2015 season, the 13th in Nittany Lion history. Anthony Zettel, Austin Johnson, Garrett Sickels, Evan Schwan, Shareef Miller, Parker Cothren, Curtis Cothran, Robert Windsor, Yetur Gross-Matos, and Shaka Toney have all earned post season accolades under the tutelage of Spencer as well.
The search will begin in earnest for Spencer's replacement. Whoever gets the job will be walking into a talent filled room with the likes of Jayson Oweh, Shaka Toney, PJ Mustipher, Antonio Shelton, and Adisa Isaac all set to return in 2020.