Report: Larry Johnson Finalizing Deal to Join OSU's Defensive Staff

By DJ Byrnes on January 14, 2014 at 6:30a

Larry Johnson has been employed on Penn State's defensive staff since 1996, until today, when he officially left Penn State due to not receiving the head gig in State College.

Johnson is a talented defensive line coach, an elite recruiter and would be a strong addition to any coaching staff, particularly Ohio State's:

Thamel's scoops are considered more solid than most due to his good relationship with Urban Meyer. It was Thamel, you'll recall, that first broke the news about Ryan Shazier declaring for the NFL Draft and Braxton Miller's return for his senior season.

Larry Johnson would replace Mike Vrabel, who left Ohio State to coach linebackers for former Penn State coach Bill O'Brien and the Houston Texans.

Johnson, having coached against Ohio State since 1996 at Penn State, is familiar with the Buckeyes' personnel, particularly star defensive end Noah Spence and defensive tackle Tommy Schutt, two players that originally committed to Johnson and Penn State before the Jerry Sandusky abuse scandal surfaced.


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MilitaryBuckeye's picture

Yes please! Get em Urbz!!!!

Wesleyburgess1's picture

Good news finally. I wonder how he would fit in though?

CptBuckeye24's picture

Idk how I feel about this one

JozyMozy's picture

You'd feel THRILLED. Holy cow, this would be incredible.

CptBuckeye24's picture

I do like raiding Penn State for their coaches.

dan_isaacs's picture

Yep, especially with Franklin declaring war in the fight for in state talent, poaching one of their long time recruiters will be bonus.

Dan Isaacs

ohhiyo's picture

we went right in the back door 

extemporary08's picture

It is extremely difficult not to make a crass joke here...

Buckeyeflip's picture

This would be a great addition to our Staff!

mtgerken's picture

From the beard of Zeus please let this happen!

"Because I couldn't go for three!"


BuckToAsT's picture

By the hymen of Olivia Newton-John!
What a great grab by Urbz.

+1 HS
German Buckeye's picture

By the scrotum of John Travolta! 
March on!

+1 HS
ohiowhitesnake's picture

Come on over big guy! Columbus>Happy Valley 

I finally got a set of Gold Pants!

Bj Mullens over Sully's picture

MIght be the best option out there, hopefully this comes to fruition.

Favorite Buckeye: Obviously BJ Mullens

BassDropper's picture

MIght be the best option out there,

for both parties imo


syphon2677's picture

Can't have enough good coaches

Ethan_Buck's picture

I dont always root for college athletics, but when i do (which is most of the time) I choose THE Ohio State Buckeyes.

Bigbutterbuckeye's picture

Logged in just to give you an UV sir,

ESPN starting the SEC channel to concentrate on the SEC is like Baskin-Robbins starting a new store to concentrate on selling ice cream.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Am I cheating on Jennifer if I love Aubrey too?

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Seattle Linga's picture

Oh Do Tell................

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Jennifer Lawrence is mah woman.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Unky Buck's picture

Nope! I do it frequently with like 10 of them. There's Kaley Cuoco, Aubrey Plaza, Alice Eve, Olivia Munn, Zooey Deschanel, Jennifer Lawrence, Olivia Wilde, Anne Hathaway, Alison Brie, and Elisha Cuthbert. I can't go wrong with any of them...
Edit: The images are fine, but some are provocative. Figured instead of a bombing of 10 images and things some won't like to see, I'd make some hyperlinks instead. Click at your own risk I guess.

Rock over London; Rock on Chicago. Timex: It takes a lickin' but keeps on tickin'

AndyVance's picture

You had me at Kaley Cuoco...

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I use to love me some Olivia Munn when she was on Attack of the Show.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Unky Buck's picture

Is Olivia Munn of German descent?

Rock over London; Rock on Chicago. Timex: It takes a lickin' but keeps on tickin'

HotSauceCommittee's picture

Upvote for including Allison Brie.

Unky Buck's picture

I feel she is very underrated.

Rock over London; Rock on Chicago. Timex: It takes a lickin' but keeps on tickin'

Unky Buck's picture

Not by you, Tenn. You see it, just like I do.

Rock over London; Rock on Chicago. Timex: It takes a lickin' but keeps on tickin'

gumtape's picture

Who is this nerdy girl? I bet someone would like to get all weird with her.

High and tight boo boo

cinserious's picture

I was thinking the same thing....I think I'M the one who wants to get weird with her though. You know, do some weird science type shit.


One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

very underappreciated movie.

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

German Buckeye's picture

Concur - love 80's movies, takes me back.....

SuperBuckFan08's picture

Aubrey Plaza. 
She played on Parks and Rec

Because I couldn't go for three.   -Woody-

HighBallAce's picture

Can I just.....maybe even.....or how about......I mean it's only illegal in a couple states and she looks like she'd enjoy it, I know I

Danify's picture

I match you Aubrey with ....


Kindell's picture

That single down vote you received must have been an accident.

Chief B1G Dump's picture

Oh yeah (in Kool Aid Man voice)!!! This would be a great hire, imo. Guy has a pretty solid track record and could probably do wonders with a fresh start. He can surely bring plenty of insight and fresh ideas into a similar type program. He seems to fit all of Urbans criteria as well...hell of a coach, solid recruiter and a minority.
Edit:  Welcome aboard GrandMaMa!

Ebvine96's picture

Only thing that freaks me out about this hire would be that he was on a staff with Sandusky I assume.  But from a coaching/recruiting standpoint think it would be great.  

rdubs's picture

And there is zero evidence that he was involved in any way.  Given that the PSU brass was covering this up from the cops I doubt they were looping in the entire staff.  And I have first hand experience with not realizing someone that you know and see every day is a pedophile, so I can understand that he very likely may have had no idea.

Seattle Linga's picture

Urban being Urban - 5* coach and great recruiter - Go Bucks

thunderhawks51's picture

Just send him a pic of Bosa and Spence with the text "Nuff Said" written across the bottom... should suffice

Ebvine96's picture

We can start flipping the good PSU players and they can have the VANDY poop

Nick's picture

I think the only PSU commit we would take/want is Gesicki. 

osu07asu10's picture

Whatever Coach Meyer wants!....He gets!

CJDPHoS Board of Directors // Best friends with Homey Hache

The 0 is silent.

DNARCO's picture

C'mon Larry...bring the juice!



BGBOY's picture

My dad was from New Hampshire and loved Moxie. Worst stuff I have ever tasted. Kind of like drinking pine cones if that could be done.

You can tune a piano but you can't tuna fish.

rosycheeks's picture

Why would this be so awesome? What has he done that has everyone so excited?
(This is a sincere question, not trying to stir up trouble or be that guy.)

Eph97's picture

He coached and recruited a ton of studs on the D-Line for them like Tamba Hali, Jared Odrick, Cameron Wake. 
The recruiting would be off the charts, as he would shore up the Eastern seaboard for us. Also, he legitimately is a top D-Line coach. It would be a homerun hire. Also, Holley would probably flip to us.

703Buckeye's picture

Holley isn't coming, for one reason or another the staff has cooled on him.

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

Humbuck's picture

Vrabel didn't jive with him. 

OSU1995's picture

Not to be that guy, but the term is "jibe".

“You have to make decisions, ... I've never pretended that every decision I've made was right. And I've been reminded of that.” 

     - James Patrick Tressel

Joe4's picture

The staff here has definitely said that OSU stopped recruiting Holley.  However, I've never seen an explanation for why that happened.  I wonder whether LJ coming here changes that calculation. 

Ethan_Buck's picture

I dont always root for college athletics, but when i do (which is most of the time) I choose THE Ohio State Buckeyes.

tennbuckeye19's picture

That is one of best/creepiest gifs I've seen in a while.

Mush's picture

Fat fingers on the DV, sorry

tennbuckeye19's picture

No worries man. It's all good. +1

DefendOhio's picture

Homerun hire for sure. 

dsbgobux's picture

LJ is well respected by the HS coaches here in PA. Many people are upset he did not get a serious look for the HC job. 

Buckeye in PA purgatory

CC's picture

UV because there is no reason that comment should have received any DV's.  It was a statement of fact.

Bloombergl's picture

Anyone else hear Franklin's presser?  "We're gonna own the state of Pennsylvania."  This, I have to believe, would not help on that front for Coach F.

otrain2416's picture

I would expect him to have a huge payday if he was hired, have a co-coordinator attached to his name possibly calling plays, or both. 

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

jamesrbrown322's picture

Yep, I bet the co-defensive coordinator title comes with it, to sweeten the pot and lure him to Columbus.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

BenArazi4's picture

If we get him all I can say is "wow!"  YES PLEASE!!!




headina's picture

Would be awesome. 


OSUNEA1986's picture

Devil's advocate: Nearly 20 years at PSU and they didn't give him the HC job? And he hasn't been pulled away previously? Is he past his prime?
 Also: would love to see a young guy, fairly recently retired from the image of Vrabel, that the kids can relate to. Is there anyone out there?

Matt Gutridge's picture

I'm not sure if "there is anyone out there", but immediately thought of this:

FWIW I would be fine if Larry Johnson was Urban Meyer's choice.

otrain2416's picture

Devils Advocate right back: Here are the guys he's coached that got drafted into the NFL during his tenure at PSU

  • 1999 Brad Scioli- DE 5th round
  • 2000 Courtney Brown- DE 1st Overall Pick of the Draft
  • 2003 Michael Haynes- DE 1st round
  • 2003 Anthony Adams- DT 2nd round
  • 2006 Tamba Hali- DE 1st round
  • 2007 Jay Alford- DT 3rd round
  • 2009 Aaron Maybin- DE 1st round
  • 2010 Jared Odrick- DT 1st round
  • 2012 Devon Still-DT 2nd round
  • 2012 Jack Crawford- DE 5th round
  • 2013 Jordan Hill- DT 3rd round 

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

FLAMikey's picture

As a DL coach, seems he definitely has the chops. It is still valid to question why he hasn't moved up the coaching food chain in all these years.

otrain2416's picture

Hard to move up at PSU my guess especially during the Joe Pa era where most coaches stay there a long time. Also there's a HUGE difference at being able to coach a position and being able to coach a position and call plays.  

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

Nick's picture

The obvious answer here is that he worked at Penn State. Working under Joe Pa at PSU was a good job to have and keep but it's not like there was a lot of room for upward mobility. Most of those guys were lifers in their position and maybe he had no plans on voluntarily leaving PSU. It says a lot that BOB kept them there because any coaches first thing to do is to clear house, especially with what he was taking over from. Now this is just all speculation, but it is also very possible and sounds reasonable to me. 

teddyballgame's picture

one does not simply move up at penn st

otrain2416's picture

[Delete comment above me was edited so my response made no sense]

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

OSUmuFAN's picture

You could even add 2011 Phil Taylor - DT 1st Round with an *.  He started at PSU under Larry Johnson, transferred to Baylor after an offseason brawl between his Sophomore and Junior season.  Either way gives atleast a little more evidence of his coaching and recruiting abilities.

swainpm's picture

Unfortunately, the simple answer in this case could be the minority factor. There still are not that many minority head coaches at the BCS level, even coordinators are rare to come by. Here in Texas they have been talking about the under representation alot since the Strong hire. So, Johnson's misfortune becomes tOSU's luck. On another note just saw on ESPN he has had multiple chances to climb the ladder and turned them down.

As to your second question, I have to imagine guys like Vrabel are pretty rare. Recently retired NFL players with coaching aspirations, no experience (but recommendations from old coaches), and ties to tOSU or current staff sounds like a tall order. Consider how small the pool of recently retired NFL defensive Buckeyes is and it probably is not gonna happen. But on the bright side Vrabel is up a level gaining valuable experience and there is always a possibility he somehow ends up back in Columbus.

FLAMikey's picture

-Minority factor? I'm pretty sure that tOSU isn't alone in their desire to employ minority staff members, and promising minority coaches have been a desirable commodity for a while now. The notion that LJ has been stuck as a position coach for decades due to his race doesn't hold any water.
Not to say that there isn't a legitimate explanation, I just don't think it has anything to do with race.

otrain2416's picture

Minority Factor has to be the stupidest answer in this case why PSU didn't promote him considering their new HC James Franklin they just hired is black

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

dumpus's picture

as a pennsylvanian, i can attest that the whole 'minority factor' thing, while cliched, isn't necessarily invalid.
after all, pennsylvania is yinzburgh in the far west, philthadelphia in the far east, and f'n mississippi everywhere else.
the only reason that this state doesn't show up on any white supremacist heatmaps is because the soil is too rocky to plant crosses for burning. 

ABrown07's picture

Maybe he just didn't want to... js

I don't like nice people. I like tough, honest people.

-Woody Hayes

CC's picture

Why do we have to keep bringing this up?  Who cares what color the guy is?  If he wins he should stay, if he loses he should get fired.

Braxton2Devin's picture

I'm going to temper my enthusiasm on coaching hires after seeing the lack of expected success with Withers and Coombs. But still, sounds like it should be a great hire.

buckeye85's picture

Yea, this is completely different.  You are talking about an unproven coach and a coach who has a track record of not doing to well vs. a proven coach that puts a ton of player is the NFL and produced a lot of All-Americans on the DL.  

Braxton2Devin's picture

Yea, but sometimes, proven coaches just aren't the right fit or underachieve at new universities/teams.

rdubs's picture

That's probably more likely at the head coach level.  At a position coach level, the techniques would still work and his recruiting abilities and connections would still work too.

PittBuckeye's picture

I was hoping for some hint as to the likelihood of this when I opened this. I'm with the group of people who are going crazy waiting.

OSUStu's picture

This makes so much sense that it can't not happen.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

swainpm's picture

Saban just created OSU's main competition by hiring Bo Davis away from USC. You gotta figure they make a run at Johnson also. Hopefully midwest ties count for something.

BassDropper's picture

I wouldn't even mind making him the DC, but if we can get Durkin or Vance Joseph for DC, I'll like that better. If I remember, LJ and Noah Spence had a very good relationhip and Spence was going to commit to Penn State because of LJ. Who knows, maybe that will factor in him wanting to coach Ohio State. Our D-Line is freakin loaded and I'm still sad Vrabes left us, but I will be ecstatic  if LJ comes to OSU 


HotSauceCommittee's picture

As a d-line coach this would be a great hire. 

2002osubuck's picture

This would be great if he came on board. He's a great recruiter and coach, got PSU a lot of there best players, so he'd replace Fickell perfectly. I'm sure we can pay him a lot more to coach the same position, not to mention all the talent we've stocked, and still get Joseph or Durkin to be co-D coord/ DBs coach. I would be very happy if we get that to happen.

VestedInterest's picture

The only concern I have is, BOB had him on his staff for two years, worked with him and instead chose to take on Vrabel, what does that mean/say? Is Mike Vrabel a better option? I dunno, resume seems legit but this is a point of contention as I see it.

teddyballgame's picture

You're assuming he would have liked to go to the NFL though, he has been in the college game for quite some time.  
If you're looking to find someone who would be a better fit for us than Vrabel you're going to have a tough time.  I think this is the best option I've heard of so far.

Woodshed's picture

BOB also knew vrabel very well from their time together with the pats.

DatDudeSA's picture

And vrabel went as the linebacker coach not D line coach...maybe that just isnt his cup of tea.

"fear is an obstacle to some people, but it is an illusion to me"––Michael Jordan.

ohhiyo's picture

and vrabels like 30 years younger and will be able to move up

teddyballgame's picture

Losing Vrabes was awful, but this would help heal the wound...

ScarletGray43157's picture

This would be fine with me in regard to Coach Johnson.  
I was thinking today that if I was Urban I would sit down with Spielman over a cup of coffee and ask him about teams that he has seen across the country while broadcasting and if there are any up-and-coming candidates out there that he would recommend that Urban consider as a hire for OSU DC.  Then, I would ask Spielman if he is interested.  
Just sayin'...

In old Ohio there's a team that's known throughout the land...

buckeyebell's picture

All I can say is "Go Get Him Urban, and quit fooling around"!!!

rdubs's picture
KingsRite's picture

“I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved. Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn't win.” -Urban Meyer-

cinserious's picture

Grama'ma is BACK! We've missed you so much.

Upvote to you sir for bringing back that rootin' tootin' gold tooth wearin' mutha****a!

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

FitzBuck's picture

Careful those shoes have "react juice"

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

Hovenaut's picture

Love the Das Boot reference at the end.

MotownBuck's picture

Yes! Just took a mental trip down memory lane with grandmama riding shotgun and Lil Penny in the back yelling at all the girls in biker shorts ...

Trotwood-Madison. Once a Ram, Always a Ram.

NC_Buckeye's picture

SI's Pete Thamel is reporting tOSU is close to finalizing a contract with Johnson. The meltdown on BSD will be classic. He is beloved by the cult... er, PSU faithful.

Ethan_Buck's picture


I dont always root for college athletics, but when i do (which is most of the time) I choose THE Ohio State Buckeyes.

TheBadOwl's picture

Fook Mi that was fast.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

thekornidentity's picture

Suck it Penn State!

“Nothing that comes easy in this world is worth a damn.” -Woody Hayes

tosubuckeye's picture

This will be a great great hire for us. LJ brings instant national name recognition and we will be players for the top d-linemen in the country.  I'm sure Solomon Thomas and others will welcome LJ with open arms.  The man is a highly recognizable brand!!!! All we need now is for Travaris Jackson to take over the db's, and we will have an incredible upgrade to our staff.  GO BUCKS!!



BenedictineBuck's picture

I wonder what the chemistry will be like between Fickell and LJS. LJS was an architect of some really great PSU defenses, while Fickell has been at OSU in recent years. I wonder if Fickell will concede his seniority to a better defensive mind?

Because we couldn't go for three!!!

otrain2416's picture

Could get interesting down the stretch Larry Johnson recruited Thomas Holley to PSU and Derrick Nnadi who's uncommitted 

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

pcuzz1's picture

I am sure LJ will be giving Solomon a call here verysoon.

pat cozzens

biggy734's picture

So we lose Mike Vrabel to the NFL and yet somehow manage to upgrade that position on the staff (that should not be taken as a knock on Vrabel in any way). Urban is incredible.

cinserious's picture

I'll tell you what, whenever I get on Rivals to check out the latest recruiting targets for the Buckeyes, whenever PSU is involved, Larry Johnson's name comes up as the main recruiter. I love Vrabs but  LJ might just be the home run Urban was looking for. He'll continue coaching our guys up AND do an incredible job of recruiting the best D-line talent in the country. 

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

ajg OSU 5's picture

Yea Larry Johnson is an ace recruiter

Muck Fichigan

Mirror Lake Jump's picture

One homerun hire down, one to go.

Eph97's picture

Promote LJ to D-Coordinator and demote Fickell back to LB's coach. 

Jordan Wagner's picture

I pointed this out on Twitter. Figuring Larry Johnson Sr. will soon be officially hired, Ohio State will have to wait until 1/20 to make the other hire. Many seem to be expecting a big splash hire for defensive coordinator, so we will see. 

partisan's picture

Why will we have to wait until 1/20?

TheBadOwl's picture

Because the position thing says it's posted until the 19th.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

Jordan Wagner's picture

Ohio State is forced to post any job openings. An assistant coach job is posted through 1/19. It has been very quiet on the DC front. Looks like it will remain that way. 

bethesdabuck's picture

What are your thoughts on the LJSr. hire, Jordan? I guess this means the DC hire will be a secondary guy...

Jordan Wagner's picture

From a recruiting perspective, this is a homerun hire. Vrabel was a great recruiter because he is young, super bowl winning former NFL player. Larry Johnson Sr. is very different, but he has strong ties to the region (Penn., D.C., Maryland, Virginia, etc). He's very well respected. I don't think Ohio State could have found a better fit as a DL coach to replace Vrabel in terms of recruiting. 

I talked to a few PSU people and they raved about his coaching ability. They described him as a chill guy and a teacher. He loves to teach his players. Some of our lineman are already familiar with LJ through recruiting. He was a candidate for the Illinois DC job a few year, so they must feel he is good with X&O's. As long as he is a position coach and perhaps assistant head coach, it will be a great hire. I've long believed that this staff needs to get on the same page. Bringing in half of a new staff should help with that, in my opinion. The staff needed experience. 

buckeyedude's picture

Have you seen any openings for equipment manager or waterboy on the OSU Bulletin Board, Jordan? I'm looking to make a career change and I think I would be a slam dunk hire for Urban. I would be better than Bobby Boucher. Just don't ask me my 40 time.



cplunk's picture

If your 40 time is 40, it would be easy to remember. A tad slow, but easy to remember. 

N8thegr8's picture

I don't know if this is completely true. For starters I can't recall any other time that OSU was held to a strict timetable on when a position could be hired. Was the HC job posted before Urban was hired? I don't remember. Also Gordon Gee was famous for creating positions out of nowhere and naming whomever he wanted to them, best example I can think of was former Ohio Rep Joyce Beatty who was named Sr VP of Outreach and Engagement. A new position that there was never any job posting for, Gee just appointed her. In addition (and sorry for throwing out some legal junk here) Ohio Revised Code, Chapter 3335 is the law that gives OSU the authority it has and it makes no mention of any waiting period. ORC 3345 governs all other universities in Ohio with the exception of OSU. It's late and I have not read all of 3345 but from a strictly high level review it does not appear OSU would be violating any rules by hiring someone whenever they please. 

"Play for Ohio State or get beat by Ohio State. That simple." - Kirk Barton 

Jordan Wagner's picture

Ohio State has posted their coaching positions for as long as I remember. I can't speak for any non-athletic job. mentions that they post all full-time athletic positions for a minimum of one week. I was told a while back (Stan Drayton) that it was state law. It could possibly just be department rules, but this has been strictly followed as long as I remember. I hope I am wrong since I am getting impatient waiting just like all of you guys. 

However, if OSU wasn't going to allow for the job posting to run it's week, why post it in the first place? The job is posted through 1/19. It's not like any applicant from will be considered. I don't think guys like Larry Johnson or potential defensive coordinators are looking at that website. 

CC's picture

Jordan - This is very common in the government and considering OSU is a state institution I imagine it is correct.
IMO the practice is garbage because:
A) Look at the people who end up in government
B) My uncle was in the government and was courted to a different department so they posted a job opening based on his resume, not the job he was filling.  In short he got the job because "he was a perfect fit" and could not have been passed on by the "independent review".
The whole thing is a joke.

German Buckeye's picture

On the other hand, you get what you pay for.  Gov't civilian salaries in no way shape or form can compete with the civilian sector (the exception of course, being a football coach at tOSU).  There are some quality folks that serve our nation as civil servants, but on average, you get average folks for average pay.   

Barnsey69's picture

Former hiring OSU management perspective if I may:
OSU is required to post all vacant positions for a minimum period of one week. This would include all of the positions in Athletics, and most of the positions throughout the academic and admin areas. Only Trustees, Provosts, Deans, and some high level fiscal positions are appointed. However, positions can be "pounded", meaning held, for a particular candidate, but it still has to be posted. Therefore, the department may announce a coach hire before the posting has expired, but the paperwork, etc. will not be completed until the candidate is processed.

Thank the Maker that I was born in Ohio, cradle of coaches, US Presidents, confederate-stomping Generals, and home of The Ohio State University Football Buckeyes- 2014 UNDISPUTED National Champions!

AndyVance's picture

FWIW, Beatty's job wasn't just something Gee made up. For years, the Vice President of Agricultural Administration (who serves as Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences), was also Vice President of Outreach and Engagement. As Bobby Moser neared his retirement, President Gee decided that it would be good to have those two roles split rather than having one senior leader carrying two VP titles, and hence Beatty was hired to fill the role.

CALPOPPY's picture

Bobby Moser mention = upvote.
Up top, high four!

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

AndyVance's picture

Dr. Bobby is the best - a true exams of the phrase "a scholar and a gentleman." He and his wife Pat are amazing ambassadors for our University and agriculture in general.

CALPOPPY's picture

Yeah, he had to deal with four kids from our family going through three depts. and six degrees in Ag at OSU, plus a father that was faculty in the college. He's a good man to put up with all of us. I was always really fond of Asst. Dean Ray Miller but that's mostly because I went through school with his sons and they were members of our church and neighborhood in Hilliard.
There were some great people in Ag. Maybe there still are but I'm not around much and my father has retired so I don't know any of the inside scoop anymore, especially now that my sister finished her last degree in animal science. But I always loved the Ag campus.

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

Seattle Linga's picture

LJ bring tOSU Recruiting to new heights

Crumb's picture

So is he being hired just to replace Vrabs? To replace Vrabs and Withers as Co Defensive Coordinator? Either way I think it is an interesting hire that has to potential to be a great hire.

"The only good thing about it is winning the d*** thing" - Urban Meyer on The Game The War

WOLFofOHIO's picture

Thank fucking God........yes. I love this hire. But it suprised me a fun way

there is no greater joy than watching Michigan get slammed. in anything

Buckeyeholicwompa's picture

This guy in the past has turned down promotions to other schools. So its hard to say what his position will be once hired. DC? Strictly the DL coach? or Co DC/Line coach.

Seattle Linga's picture

I am hearing he's a GRADE A recruiter

Buckeyeholicwompa's picture

I am hearing opposing QBs groaning in pain from getting the shit knocked out of them cuz of a LJ coached Noah Spence just laid the wood. 

AngelHeartsBuckeyes's picture

My goodness Urban. Everyone running around talking about Franklin and that Bama guy going north.

And you're off doing THIS.


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Go1Bucks's picture

Why? PSUs D wasnt stellar, and hiring just for recruiting when we have Urb isnt enough.  I dont get it.  I guess I ll reserve my right to wait and see.

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740's picture

Easy there, captain boner kill.

OSUEXT's picture

He's been on PSU's staff since 1996. It's pretty hard to say Penn State didn't have some stout defenses in that time, or argue with the NFL talent he produced and where some of that talent was drafted. 

TheBadOwl's picture

Side note: This is from Our Idiot Brother, which is a surprisingly fantastic movie.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

dan_isaacs's picture

+1  Loved it.

Dan Isaacs

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

"we're just a couple dudes hangin out on a porch making candles."

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

CC's picture

Why? PSUs D wasnt stellar, and hiring just for recruiting when we have Urb isnt enough.  I dont get it.

Who did you expect to come coach our d-line?  Saban?

Go1Bucks's picture

No, didnt want saban.  but I feel like all we did was go to the kitchen and bring someone out of the pantry.  We could have really searched.
I didn't deserve all these dv s for speaking what stats back up in recent years.  geez
feel like im on yahoo sometimes

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EDUGOON's picture

Amazing Hire!!! We got the ultimate 2 for 1 in LJSr Hire. Big time recruiter and tremendous coach. His track record speaks for its self. This is also a move that will catch the eye of many SECHeats. Because possibly the best coach/recruiter at his position is at a place where he can surround his talented fronts with equal talent. Scary!! Just think about all the amazing PSU front 4's we have faced over the past how many years. Most if not all of those players where recruited and eventual coached by LJSr. Now thought's on the next hire? 1/20 Seems like an enternity. Hope it's another Big Fish like LJSr.

"We Don't Believe You, You Need More People"- Hova #GOBUCKS #FreeElGuapo #Famthik

EDUGOON's picture

This what were getting at the DT position alone in terms of track record...
Not to mention several other top notch DE NFL prospects. Great Hire!!!

"We Don't Believe You, You Need More People"- Hova #GOBUCKS #FreeElGuapo #Famthik

EDUGOON's picture

DV for what?

"We Don't Believe You, You Need More People"- Hova #GOBUCKS #FreeElGuapo #Famthik

Buckeyeholicwompa's picture
May I remind everyone one of the most hated plays of mine when we've faced PSU. 
P.s. The guy coaching that defense is now our guy : )

CPDenn's picture

Why in the world would you post that video. The pain.

Buckeyeholicwompa's picture

The point in posting that very video is to give a stark reminder of the pain felt. We know what it feels like. Now other teams get to feel it when we crush them on a game changing series. It's kinda like karma, especially if we play psu 

AngelHeartsBuckeyes's picture

Oh, and no PSU.

You still are not our rival.

Buckeye born and bred. Buckeye til I'm dead.


Not too surprising considering Urban was close to JoePa, and I'm sure there were many times that he visited JoePa that he got to know LJS, so they probably had mutual respect and admiration for one another before this news... Glad to see that we continue to get stronger... Urban is like a great drug... he just keeps bringin' it~!  Close the deal Urbz!

"I don't apologize for anything.  When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

FROMTHE18's picture

to be honest, I really only know LJ as a PSU assistant and dont know much about him as a person. It seems as though he is a class act type of guy and with his experience this is a very nice addition to our program. Looking forward to seeing what he can bring and hopefully make our DL that much better.

Young_Turk's picture

Damn,  they didn't even give me a chance to interview. 
Oh well, next man up!


Arizona_Buckeye's picture

We have a guy that is touted as a great recruiter, a great teacher, and has produced some very stout defenses at PSU over his career... AND, he feels slighted and pissed off enough to quit a job he has had for a very long time.  PERFECT motive for him to come to OSU under Urban to craft a killer DL to exact revenge on his former school and the rest of the B1G... in the words of Mr. Burn

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

ScoobyKnows's picture

I have some friends who are die hard Penn State fans...Let's just say they aren't happy about LJ coming to Columbus.  I think it's a good hire.  With his ties on the east coast, it helps us on the recruitment trail.  Let's see how it plays out I guess.

oregonianbuckeye's picture

Guys, I can't believe we finally got a solid 'stache on the coaching staff. This is truly a game changer.

BoFuquel's picture

Welcome aboard Coach Johnson, and good luck. GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

OSUStu's picture

I would say BSD is getting close to step 3 in the five stages of grief:

  1. Denial
  2. Anger
  3. Bargaining
  4. Depression
  5. Acceptance

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

AngryWoody's picture

Thank you. You just made my morning!

Our Honor Defend!

HotSauceCommittee's picture

Why does PSU board go by Black Shoe Diaries?

OSUStu's picture

Because their players are required to wear black shoes as part of the uniform.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

stevebelliseeya's picture

Some of the best sad .gifs on Black Shoe Diaries that I have seen so far...

Gotta love when it's not US being sad...

"We are eternal. All this pain is an illusion." - Tool

RunEddieRun1983's picture

I like the hire, but I still feel like the Co-DC thing needs to go.  Get Fickell out of there and bring in one guy to run the whole show.  A guy who can coach the LBs and call the correct coverages.

I don't always downvote, but I do always downvote a Michigan fan trolling the Buckeye boards.

gm3jones's picture

So it looks like I need to find some good gifs to put on here. None the less, this would be an amazing hire. This automatically makes me feel better about next season for some reason. O-H

There is nothing more remarkable as learning to think better.

mh277907's picture

I have to admit that I don't know much about LJ and I see that some people are ecstatic about the hire and some people are not quite sure. Does the skepticism stem from him being at PSU during the scandal? Obviously, that is a huge concern but are there any other antidotes as to why we would should question this hire?


rkylet83's picture

I just want to confirm that he's being hired to fill Coach Vrabel's position.  From a defensive line perspective he's been great.  One thing is for certain, he's getting a gold mine of young talent to work with.  

BucksFan2000's picture

Vrabel leaves a gaping hole, but getting a good coach with experience at a high-pressure university is huge.  Plus he knows the conference, and the areas we recruit.  Win-win.

otrain2416's picture

Talked to my PSU friends this morning. Sounds like a homerun hire. They said he was their best recruiter with some really good ties to PA, Maryland, DC, Virginia. Also was concerned we'd flip Holley as Johnson played a major role in his recruitment. 

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

JacksonHoleBuckeye's picture

Larry Johnson would be an excellent option. He as a coach has got to be thrilled for 2 reasons
1 Coming to Ohio State.
2 Urban and Vrabel no longer flipping his best recruits.

PhillyBuckeye27's picture

Based on the response to a couple other people on this thread I am about to get down-voted A LOT......My wife is a PSU grad so I watch all of their games and generally root for them every week but one.  I am NOT an expert by any stretch of the imagination, but PSU's D Line hasn't been super stellar the past 4-5 years - they really have dropped off quite a bit.  Since Devon Still left I haven't been all that impressed - and the last coupe yrs their D wasn't good at all (their LB play is atrocious - which isn't his postilion I know).  That said, it could be due to the sanctions, scheme of the new D coordinator etc - but I will reserve judgment until a later date (granted, he didn't have a Spence or a Bosa to work with so they could benefit tremendously from this hiring).....
On a side note, if you have not been to PSU - GO.  It's an AWESOME tailgate environment and the fans (for the most part) are very cool.  It's what tailgating at Ohio State was like in the 90's!  The stadium is a gigantic tinker toy in the middle of a cow pasture and the silly lion roaring every 3 mins is unnerving but it's a cool place to see a game!

bergy22's picture

I wonder if the uncertainty surrounding the program, scholarship reductions and bowl ban had some effect on the level of recruiting LJS has had and handicapped his D line talent?
Just food for thought.

Go1Bucks's picture

Thanks Philly, nice to see that I can have some respect my opinion

Go Bucks!

Hovenaut's picture

Dropping in late, sorry if echoing sentiments already posted here.
LJ SR has been a very good coach over there from quite sometime - and along with proven results on the field, he has excellent ties in the mid-Atlantic from a recruiting perspective.
This is a huge win-win for Ohio State football should he come aboard.

gobucks96's picture

Welcome coach, I'll eat my humble pie now..

SPreston2001's picture

Its looking more and more like Fickell will be retained this year... Excited about this hire but I still dont think Fick is the man for the DC job....

BuckToAsT's picture

Man, do those folks over at BSD hate us! 
I knew they considered us their "rival," but geeeezzz.  The comments are quite hilarious.  One of my favorite comments on LJ joining OSU:
"This is how Batman villains get their start..."

Notthatguy's picture

Great hire...but I get the feeling he's going to be the DC. There's no way he is a co-DC with Fickell

I would've sent a check but I already sealed up the envelope...

d5k's picture

We most likely now have the best position coaches in the trenches in the country.  Pontificate on that my friends.

Joe4's picture

I hope I didn't celebrate too early!

d5k's picture

Thamel jumped the gun with Braxton but was ultimately right.  I'm guessing they are upset about the leak but it is probably accurate info.  They possibly also cannot finalize due to the HR issues pointed out in other comments like the job needing to be posted X number of days before filling it.

Joe4's picture

That's a good point re: Braxton.

TheNorthernBuckeye's picture

Now would this hire keep Fickell at the D coor position?

Stay the course 

740Bucks's picture

THE PSU board is in meltdown....
They are calling the Buckeyes their rivals?? Ummmm, OK?

"My idea of a good hit is when the guy wakes up on the sidelines with train whistles blowing in his head." - Jack Tatum

wilkins0802's picture

The PSU board was hilarious, but to call tOSU their arch rival? That's a bit of a stretch I think.

Truth & Courage, 1-17IN, 5/2 SBCT


d5k's picture

Only funny one for me was the blame of O'Brien for hiring Vrabel and creating an opening.

tennbuckeye19's picture

Penn State a rival? Even if they were, which they aren't, I wouldn't acknowledge them as such because it irritates their fan base to no end. 
FWIW: I looked up the OSU vs. PSU wins and losses since Penn State entered the conference in 93. OSU has the advantage 14-7. 

Unky Buck's picture

Well, that's possible. Just like UM is MSU's main rival doesn't mean that MSU is UM's main rival. To them, we're their biggest rival but they clearly aren't to us.

Rock over London; Rock on Chicago. Timex: It takes a lickin' but keeps on tickin'

wilkins0802's picture

Fantastic! Now if we could only get Heacock as the D-Coordinator, then I would be completely happy.

Truth & Courage, 1-17IN, 5/2 SBCT


GingerJaw's picture

Great hire! Now, about that secondary....

zacisone's picture

I love the guy as a coach and a person. It doesn't get much better. Go Bucks!