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Penn State football: Former NFL coach Haslett named consultant with Nittany Lions

FILE - In this Dec. 28, 2014, file photo, Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett walks across the field before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Landover, Md. Haslett has joined Penn State's football team as a consultant, the university announced Wednesday, June 24, 2015. Haslett will work with the Ninttany Lions' offensive, defensive and specials teams coaches and serve as a "sounding board" for the staff, Penn State said. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 28, 2014, file photo, Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett walks across the field before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Landover, Md. Haslett has joined Penn State's football team as a consultant, the university announced Wednesday, June 24, 2015. Haslett will work with the Ninttany Lions' offensive, defensive and specials teams coaches and serve as a "sounding board" for the staff, Penn State said. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File) AP photo

The Penn State football team has added former NFL coach and linebacker Jim Haslett as a consultant.

Haslett will work with the Nittany Lion coaches, staff and program, according to the university.

“We are very excited to have Jim with our program,” head coach James Franklin said in a statement. “Jim has an outstanding football mind and invaluable experience that will be a tremendous resource. He has great knowledge of the game at the next level and we plan to put that to good use. He will work with our offensive, special teams and defensive coaches and will be a fantastic sounding board for our staff.”

The 59-year-old Haslett will bring 21 years of NFL coaching experience to the Nittany Lion staff.

“I am thrilled to join the Penn State football family,” Haslett said. “James is one of the great, young head coaches in the collegiate game today and he is leading this Penn State program in the right direction. The future is very bright for Penn State football and I am excited to be a part of it.”

Haslett was head coach for the New Orleans Saints from 2000-05, winning Associated Press Coach of the Year honors in 2000, and was the interim coach of the St. Louis Rams in 2008. More recently, he was the Washington Redskins’ defensive coordinator from 2010-14.

The Pittsburgh native attended Indiana, Pa., where he was a standout linebacker, defensive end and punter, and still ranks second in single-season and career punting average. He also was a four-time Little All-American at IUP. He was a second-round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills in 1979, playing until 1985, was the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1979 and earned All-Pro honors in 1980.

Haslett and his wife, Beth, have two daughters and a son, Chase, who is a quarterback for the Crimson Hawks.

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