Long-time Penn State assistant lands in the MAC

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Not retained as part of the transition from Joe Paterno to Bill O'Brien at Penn State last year, Bill Kenney has finally landed on his coaching feet.

First-year Western Michigan head coach P.J. Fleck announced Tuesday that Kenney has been hired as his new offensive line coach.  Kenney did not coach in 2012 after his long-time ties to the Nittany Lions were severed.

In a statement, Fleck said that a recommendation from a former Rutgers head coach went a long way in bringing Kenney on board.

“He is a great recruiter and when Greg Schiano says that he is not only a great coach but a better recruiter and a better person, that speaks volumes to me,” Fleck said. ” When you look at his resume and see all of the All-Americans and Academic All-Americans, but then hear that about him and his character it is a no brainer.  He is a wonderful person and we are very happy to have him, his wife Kathryn and his family (Joseph, Matthew and Jacqueline) here in town. …

“He has an incredible amount of experience and he brings an incredible amount of knowledge, passion and energy to this program.  He’s a true professional and we couldn’t be happier to have him here.”

Kenney began his coaching career at Penn State in 1988, and worked with the offensive line from 1989-2011.  He served in the role of recruiting coordinator from 1992-95 and worked directly with offensive tackles and tight ends from 2000-11.  In addition to his time in Happy Valley, he was a grad assistant for two years (1986-87) at Nebraska under Tom Osborne.

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