Ex-Yellow Jacket Ted Roof returns as defensive coordinator

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Ted Roof has left Penn State after one season as defensive coordinator to take the same job at his alma mater, Georgia Tech.

A statement on Georgia Tech’s Web site Wednesday said Roof’s hiring could not become official until he completed a background check which would likely occur next week.

Roof is a Georgia native who also served as defensive coordinator for the Yellow Jackets under George O’Leary for three seasons starting in 1999.

GEORGIA: Hired Mississippi State defensive coordinator Chris Wilson to coach the defensive line.

Coach Mark Richt made the announcement Wednesday.

Georgia hired Wilson to replace longtime assistant Rodney Garner, who took a job at Auburn, his alma mater.

Wilson arrived at Mississippi State in 2010 as the co-defensive coordinator and line coach, then took over as the sole coordinator the last two seasons.

The 44-year-old Wilson also has coached at Oklahoma and Colorado.

TENNESSEE: Quarterback Tyler Bray, wide receivers Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson and defensive end Darrington Sentimore are bypassing their senior seasons to enter the NFL Draft.

PENN STATE: A backup linebacker who didn’t play in 2012 after becoming the school’s first signee after the NCAA announced sanctions has left the Nittany Lions.

Coach Bill O’Brien announced on the team’s Twitter account that Brennan Franklin had departed for personal reasons.

Backup tailback Curtis Dukes also left the team this week, while five freshmen arrived as early enrollees.

• Former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky is expected to appear in court today for a hearing about whether his lawyers had enough time to prepare for his child sex abuse trial and other defense claims about the fairness of his proceedings. He is serving a 30- to 60-year state prison sentence.

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