Brent Pry isn’t leaving Penn State’s coaching staff. The Nittany Lions’ defensive coordinator confirmed to reporters Friday that he’ll be staying on James Franklin’s staff, despite drawing interest from Louisiana-Lafayette about filling that program’s coaching vacancy.
“Staying at Penn State, looking forward to the bowl game,” Pry told reporters. “Excited to be off the road [recruiting] and get back to practice.”
Brent Pry says he’s staying at Penn State
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Pry, who spent five seasons on Louisiana-Lafayette’s staff from 2002-06, reportedly was the “favorite” for the job with the Ragin’ Cajuns on Thursday. However, a deal between Louisiana-Lafayette and Arizona State offensive coordinator Billy Napier is “imminent,” Sports Illustrated’s Bruce Feldman reported Friday.
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Pry has been the Nittany Lions’ defensive coordinator for the last two seasons and has been on James Franklin’s staff for each of the last seven seasons, dating back to 2011 at Vanderbilt. With Pry staying at Penn State, Franklin does not need to make any more coaching hires this offseason. The Nittany Lions already lost offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead at the end of November when he took the Mississippi State head coaching job.
“The hard thing for me is I kind of feel split. You know, I want what’s best for Brent Pry and his family, but I also want what’s best for Penn State and Penn State football. So I’m kind of conflicted on that, personally and professionally,” Franklin said Friday.
“But you know, like I told Brent, he’s in a great situation. He’s got a great job at a great place that he loves and whenever you have really good people that are talented at what they do, people are ― people are going to pursue them to in some ways be able to try to steal some of our success that we’ve had the last couple years.”