Penn State assistant Larry Johnson will not return as part of James Franklin’s staff

Apr 20, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions defensive line coach Larry Johnson talks with defensive tackles Derek Dowrey (53) and Austin Johnson (99) in the fourth quarter of the Blue White spring game at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O

When it was officially announced that James Franklin would be leaving the Vanderbilt Commodores to become the new head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions, one of the first questions that was raised by fans was whether or not longtime assistant coach Larry Johnson would remain as a part of the staff.

According to a PennLive.com report, Johnson will not be retained as part of Franklin’s staff and the Nittany Lions will now be in search of a new defensive line coach.

“This is not the end for me, it’s just the end of my time at Penn State,” Johnson said in a statement. ”There is a lot left for me to do with football and I am not done. I am just thankful for the time I had at Penn State and with my players.”

Johnson, 61, has been part of the Penn State coaching staff since 1996.

James Franklin will now have a huge void to fill on his staff.

As for Johnson, maybe he should pay close attention to the job that just opened up in Southern California, when Bo Davis left the USC Trojans after one week to join Nick Saban at Alabama.

Topics: Football, Penn State Nittany Lions

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