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How Penn State’s staff came to be

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James Franklin and Ja'Juan Seider observe a winter workout. - AUDREY SNYDER / DKPS

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Between December and January, as Penn State's coaching staff underwent one coaching change after the other, the Nittany Lions might've been in line to lose another assistant coach.

Enter Sean Spencer, Penn State's defensive line coach who had suitors call in previous offseasons and in all likelihood will hear his phone ring again in the years to come. That little detail helps explain why, lost in the shuffle of Penn State announcing in January the hiring of David Corley as wide receivers coach and bringing in Ja'Juan Seider to coach the running backs, was the part of the news release announcing Spencer's promotion to associate head coach.

It's a title defensive coordinator Brent Pry used to hold.

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