The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers Offensive Coordinator is headed to Happy Valley to lead the offense at Penn State.

It was announced today that Kirk Ciarrocca was named Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks coach at Penn State University, the same title he held with the Gophers.

Ciarrocca is a Pennsylvania native and grew up a fan of Penn State, according to the release from the team.

"I couldn't be more excited about the opportunity to work at a program as rich in tradition as Penn State University," Ciarrocca said. "It is an honor and a privilege to join Coach Franklin's staff and to work alongside such a successful head football coach. Having grown up a Penn State fan, I am humbled by the opportunity to serve as your offensive coordinator. My family and I are overjoyed to be coming home to Happy Valley."

Ciarrocca has led the Gopher offense for the past three seasons, and 2019 was one of the best in school history.

Sophomore quarterback Tanner Morgan set a program record for passing yards in a season, season touchdown passes and consecutive games with a touchdown pass. The Gophers also had two, 1,000-yard wide receivers in All-American and Big Ten Reciever of the Year in Rashod Bateman and All-Big Ten Tyler Johnson.

The Gophers will play in the Outback Bowl against Auburn on New Years Day. Kickoff is slated for Noon.

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