Joe Christensen covered Major League Baseball for 15 years, including three seasons at the Baltimore Sun and eight at the Star Tribune, before switching to the college football beat. He’s a Faribault, Minn., native who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1996. He covered Jim Wacker’s Gophers for the Minnesota Daily and also wrote about USC, UCLA and the Rose Bowl for the Riverside Press-Enterprise before getting this chance to cover football again.
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The new Penn State coaching staff will seem a little familiar to Minnesota football fans.
John Butler, who coached Minnesota's special teams for all four seasons of Tim Brewster's tenure with the Gophers, has been hired by new Nittany Lions coach Bill O'Brien, the Associated Press reported Wednesday. Butler will join former Minnesota defensive coordinator Ted Roof, who was hired earlier this week.
Both Roof and Butler are coming back to the Big Ten from SEC programs. After losing his job along with the rest of Brewster's staff a year ago when Jerry Kill took over the program, Butler went to work at South Carolina under Steve Spurrier. Roof, who spent only the 2008 season at Minnesota, comes to Penn State from Auburn, where he served as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for three seasons.
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