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Johnson to OSU?!?!?!


Wow, I haven't been as closely involved on the coaching change, though it has been quite entertaining to watch this website the last few days, but wtf!

SI is reporting that Larry Johnson is finalizing a deal with our bitter rivals, Ohio State.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Ohio State finalized two key additions to its coaching staff Tuesday morning.

Arkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash has accepted a position as co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach with the Buckeyes, according to a source. Penn State assistant coach Larry Johnson has accepted the Buckeyes' defensive line coach position, according to a source. SI.com reported Monday night that Johnson and the Buckeyes were close to a deal. Johnson accepted Tuesday morning. The deals are expected to be formally announced later this week.

The hires of Ash and Johnson complete Ohio State's staff for the upcoming season. Defensive line coach Mike Vrabel left for the Houston Texans and co-coordinator Everett Withers departed to become the head coach at James Madison.

The moves will have a significant impact on both the field and the recruiting trail. For nearly two decades at Penn State, Johnson established himself as one of the country's most prolific East Coast recruiters and a top-notch defensive line coach. Johnson has been a linchpin of the Penn State staff for two decades, spending the last 15 seasons as the Nittany Lions' defensive line coach.

Johnson is considered an elite teacher of defensive linemen, as he developed seven first-team All-Americas at Penn State, including Jared Odrick, Tamba Hali and Courtney Brown, the No. 1 pick in the 2000 NFL Draft.

The move will carry big recruiting implications, as Johnson was long considered Penn State's most important recruiter. His presence on the Ohio State staff will increase the Buckeyes' recruiting arm in both Pennsylvania and Washington D.C., where Johnson was a longtime high school coach.


Read More: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/college-football/news/20140114/ohio-state-hires-chris-ash-defensive-coordinator-larry-johnson/#ixzz2qOlI5moI

Read More: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/college-football/news/20140114/ohio-state-hires-chris-ash-defensive-coordinator-larry-johnson/#ixzz2qOl7GGY2

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