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Buckeyes hire Penn State’s Johnson to coach D-line

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Larry Johnson, who spent the past 18 years as an assistant at Penn State, is joining Ohio State’s staff as an assistant head coach and defensive line coach.Johnson was Penn State’s interim coach before James Franklin was hired for the top job on Saturday. Johnson replaces three-year Buckeyes assistant Mike Vrabel, who left his alma mater to work for former Nittany Lions coach Bill O’Brien with the Houston Texans.Seven of Johnson’s Penn State defensive linemen were first-round NFL draft picks.Ohio State still must replace co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Everett Withers, who took the head coaching job at James Madison.Sports & RecreationAmerican FootballPenn StateLarry Johnsondefensive line coach

Ohio State Hires Chris Ash as Co-DC, Larry Johnson as DL Coach

Ohio State shored up its defense with a couple of important coaching hires on Tuesday, bringing in Chris Ash to be the new co-defensive coordinator and Larry Johnson to head the defensive line. Per Dom Tiberi of WBNS in Columbus: Ash returns to the Big Ten after spending one season as defensive coordinator of the Arkansas Razorbacks. He followed head coach Bret Bielema to Fayetteville in 2013 after heading his final two defenses at Wisconsin. Under Ash’s direction, the Badgers had America’s No. 15 total defense in both 2011 and 2012. More importantly, Ash’s speciality lies in the defensive backfield, where Ohio State appears to need the most help. He was previously a secondary coach at San Diego State and Iowa State (as well as Wisconsin), which should make him a nice complement to co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell, a former linebackers coach who has struggled to mold a secondary. Former co-defensive coordinator Bill Withers accepted the head-coaching job at James Madison. Johnson, meanwhile, takes over for departed defensive line coach Mike Vrabel, who left to join the Houston Texans’ staff under Bill O’Brien. Johnson comes over from Penn State, where he had coached since 1996, making him the last holdover from the Joe Paterno era. According to Bob Flounders of PennLive.com, Johnson was offered a chance to retain his position by new head coach James Franklin but declined the offer. He’s moved to one of the Nittany Lions’ biggest rivals instead, where he’ll have…

Meyer attracts blue-chip coaches, too

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Turns out Urban Meyer can land blue-chip coaching prospects, too. Larry Johnson has a long history of developing defensive linemen and will get a crop of talented players to work with at Ohio State.

Braxton Miller for Doak Walker Award?

The Doak Walker award is handed out annually to the best running back in the nation after every college football season. 

Former winners include Eddie George, Ricky Williams (twice), Larry Johnson, Cedric Benson, Reggie Bush, and Darren McFadden (twice).

Braxton Miller …

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