Former Purdue interim head coach Gerad Parker is Penn State’s new receivers coach. ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTO

Penn State just announced it has hired Gerad Parker, the receivers coach at Duke in 2018, to the same position on head coach James Franklin’s staff.

Parker will replace David Corley, who was fired on Jan. 2.

“I am extremely humbled and honored to have the chance to join the Penn State football program,” Parker said in a statement released by Penn State athletics. “I am so thankful to Coach James Franklin and the entire coaching staff. We as a family are certainly very excited to be a part of a place that has been built with such a passion for football and with such a storied history. Coach Franklin has done great things at Penn State and has high expectations of where this program can go. Personally, I feel I have been called on this Earth to coach wideouts and help grow men, what better place to do that than Penn State, a place that is high in talent and has a chance to compete for championships.”

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Parker has had an interesting road in his coaching career.

A former receiver at Kentucky, Parker started his coaching career as a graduate assistant with the Wildcats. He served as an assistant at Tennessee-Martin and Marshall from 2008-12, and in 2013, he was hired at Purdue as coach Darrell Hazell’s tights ends coach and recruiting coordinator.

When the Boilermakers fired Hazell on Oct. 16, 2016, they named Parker the interim head coach.

He went 0-6, and left Purdue after Jeff Brohm was hired before the 2017 season. But Parker’s career has been somewhat of a whirlwind since.

In January of 2017, Parker took a job as running backs coach at Cincinnati. He left that job less than a month later, to take a job as receivers coach at East Carolina.

But he was arrested that February in West Lafayette, Ind., for allegedly driving under the influence, and he subsequently lost the offer from East Carolina in light of the arrest.

Duke ultimately hired him in June of 2017 to be the receivers coach, and he has also worked with tight ends over the last two seasons.

More coming in Friday’s editions of The Times-Tribune and Times Shamrock newspapers.