STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Penn State offensive coordinator Fran
Ganter was named to an administrative post Tuesday and two new
coaches were added to Joe Paterno's staff on the heels of the
Nittany Lions' miserable 2003 campaign.
Galen Hall will oversee the offense and coach the running backs,
while Mike McQueary will help coach wide receivers and serve as
Ganter, who turned down an opportunity to coach Michigan State
in 1994, has been on the Nittany Lion coaching staff since 1971 and
was a running back for the team from 1967-1970. He will now serve
as associate athletic director for football administration.
"As I evaluated the organizational support structure for the
football program, I came to the conclusion that we needed an
experienced individual to coordinate all the administrative aspects
of the program," athletic director Tim Curley said.
Paterno said he would miss Ganter's coaching contributions, but
welcomed him in the new role. "We believe these changes will best
serve the team and the program as we prepare for the 2004 season
and beyond," said Paterno, 77, who had faced rumors over his
possible retirement before saying he would enter his 39th year as
Hall, a quarterback from 1959 to 1961, returns to his alma mater
after most recently serving as running backs coach for the Dallas
Cowboys. He also played for the Washington Redskins in 1962 and for
the AFL's New York Jets in 1963 before starting his coaching career
at West Virginia.
McQueary played at Penn State from 1994 to 1997 and was the
starting quarterback in 1997, leading the Nittany Lions to a 9-3
record and an appearance in the Citrus Bowl.