Report: Larry Johnson taking job at Ohio State

Longtime Penn State defensive line coach Larry Johnson will take over the same job at Big Ten rival Ohio State, according to a Sports Illustrated report today.

Johnson, who spent 18 years as a coach at Penn State, was the interim head coach during the recent coaching change from Bill O’Brien to James Franklin. Johnson interviewed for the head coaching position but did not get the job.

Franklin offered Johnson a chance to stay on as defensive line coach, but Johnson turned it down. That news came out Monday, and a day later it was learned that Johnson is heading to Columbus to work for Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes.

Johnson has been responsible for recruiting and coaching numerous All-Americans and future NFL players. He is widely considered to be an excellent recruiter, and he now will be using those talents against Penn State since Ohio State often goes after many of the same players as the Nittany Lions.