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Penn State Football: Johnson Talks to Sports Illustrated About New Job, Penn State

by on February 04, 2014 5:19 PM

Former Penn State defensive line coach and long-time Nittany Lion Larry Johnson Sr spoke with Sports Illustrated this week about his new job at Ohio State.

While the interview touched on many topics, Johnson did have a few comments on Penn State as well as his abundance of Penn State related clothing.

“I’m not bitter about anything,” Johnson told “Maybe the best guy got the job, and that's OK. I had a decision to make and made the best decision for my family and where I was. I don't have anything but gratitude for Penn State."

"I had a great career there. I impacted a lot of young men, and they impacted me, also. I'm happy to be in the opportunity I'm in and have a chance to move on in my career. You can't think about what could have happened. I don't live that way and never have.”

“I’ve got a whole closet full of Penn State stuff to find something to do with. (Laughing) We'll find a way to move it, maybe the Salvation Army.”

Johnson will now be one of Penn State's biggest opponents on the recruiting trail as he and James Franklin's staff go toe-to-toe for some of the same prospects across the northeast. Johnson was named associate head coach at Ohio State after reportedly tuning down an offer to stay at Penn State as a member of Franklin's coaching staff.

With National Signing Day on Wednesday and the 2014 recruiting completed, Penn State won't have to worry about Johnson in the immediate future. But with a never ending recruiting cycle it won't be long before Franklin and his staff come across Johnson on the recruiting trail.

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The full interview, which includes some comments from James Franklin on his trip to the State of The Union address, can be found here. 

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