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Report: Poindexter to UVA ‘Imminent’

Photo from Penn State Athletics: Anthony Poindexter

If reports are true, Penn State fans might be a little more interested in next year’s Commonwealth Cup between Virginia and Virginia Tech than usual.

The Nittany Lions already lost their defensive coordinator, Brent Pry, to Virginia Tech. Now, Pry’s former assistant defensive coordinator, the man some thought would be Pry’s replacement in State College, might be Bronco Mendenhall’s replacement at the University of Virginia. 

A report Sunday night said that Poindexter and UVa were to meet in Las Vegas to discuss the job. Now, Jerry Ratcliffe, who covers UVA and the ACC for, is reporting that Poindexter’s hiring is “imminent”. Ratcliffe also reported that money and staff are “not obstacles” for the hiring. 

Poindexter’s playing career at UVA earned him a spot in the College Football Hall of Fame. After his playing days ended, Poindexter coached at his alma mater as an assistant from 2003-13. Since then, he’s been the defensive coordinator at Connecticut (2014-16), co-defensive coordinator at Purdue (2017-20), and in the same position at Penn State (2021). 

Should Poindexter take the job, he’d be the fifth former James Franklin assistant to become the head coach at a Division I program. It could also increase the likelihood of Franklin looking for an outside hire to replace Pry. 

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