Report: Penn State Hires John Scott Jr. As New Defensive Line Coach

By Matt de Bear on February 8, 2020 at 3:45 pm
Penn State has hired South Carliona's defensive line coach John Scott Jr.
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Update (6:30 p.m.): Penn State has officially confirmed John Scott Jr.'s hiring.


Penn State has Sean Spencer's replacement. The Nittany Lions have reportedly hired South Carolina's John Scott Jr. to coach the defensive line. After six seasons with the Nittany Lions, Spencer left to join the New York Giants staff. FootballScoop.com first reported the news.

Prior to his one season in Columbia, Scott Jr. spent the 2017 and 2018 seasons in Fayetttville, Arkansas coaching defensive tackles for the Razorbacks. He joined Bret Bielema's staff in 2017, and was kept on when Chad Morris arrived in 2018. He has also spent time with the New York Jets, Texas Tech, and Missouri State, among others. 

Scott Jr.'s coaching career overlaps with his new defensive coordinator, Brent Pry, as well. The pair worked together from 2002-2003 at Louisiana-Lafayette when Scott Jr. was a graduate assistant, and again in 2010 at Georgia Southern as defensive line coach. Pry would go on to join James Franklin's staff at Vanderbilt in 2011.

A native of Greer, South Carolina, he played his college football with Western Carolina as a defensive end for the Catamounts, earning all-conference recognition in 1998. After his collegiate career, he would play professionally with the Greensboro Prowlers of the Arena Football League 2, as well as with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.

Scott Jr. becomes the fourth new assistant coach hired this offseason. He joins new offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca, offensive line coach Phil Trautwein, and wide receivers coach Taylor Stubblefield.

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