Meyer Reaches Out to Johnson



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Meyer Makes Overture to Long-Time Penn State Assistant Coach
By Rob Ogden

Ohio State and former Penn State assistant Larry Johnson Sr. have been in contact regarding an opening on Urban Meyer's staff, according to a report from John Clark of NBC Philadelphia.

"A source close to the situation says Ohio State has spoken to Larry Johnson to gauge his interest in coming to Ohio State," Clark wrote via his Twitter account.

Johnson served as a Nittany Lions' assistant from 1996 through this past season, and was named defensive line coach in 2000. He was offered the same position under new Penn State coach James Franklin, but declined.

Johnson, the father of former Penn State and NFL star Larry Johnson Jr., said he does not plan to retire.

Ohio State is in need of a defensive line coach after assistant Mike Vrabel recently left to join former Penn State coach Bill O'Brien with the Houston Texans.

Johnson, considered one of the top defensive line coaches and recruiters in the country, interviewed for the past two head coaching openings with the Nittany Lions.

He acted as Penn State's interim head coach following the firing of Joe Paterno.

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