Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson took to Twitter on Friday to be clear about what his future holds. Johnson is going to remain on the Buckeyes’ sideline.
“Apparently there is misinformation about my future,” Johnson wrote on Twitter. “I want to make a bold statement that I am not going anywhere and I’m proud to be a Buckeye. #Buckeyes #RushmenForLife”
It appears Johnson, 65, wanted to dispel any rumors that he might be considering retirement.
Larry Johnson: ‘I am not going anywhere and I’m proud to be a Buckeye’
— Larry A. Johnson (@R2X_Rushmen1) December 15, 2017
Johnson’s statement should help the Buckeyes on the recruiting trial, where rumors of his possible retirement might have been negatively impacting Ohio State. Those rumors look like they trace back to a since-deleted tweet from Larry Johnson Jr. that said his father was trying to retire soon.
Johnson joined Urban Meyer’s staff at Ohio State in 2014 after spending 18 seasons as an assistant at Penn State. Johnson has coached the Big Ten defensive lineman of the year (Joey Bosa in 2014 and 2015, Tyquan Lewis in 2016, Nick Bosa in 2017) in all four of his seasons with the Buckeyes.
Johnson was named 247Sports’ 2017 defensive line Coach of the Year earlier in the week.