Larry Johnson Sr. Is Likely Giving All His Penn State Gear to Salvation Army

By DJ Byrnes on February 4, 2014 at 2:31p
Larry Johnson Sr., on left, with his swagger on 100000 squillion.

Sports Illustrated embedded a Q&A with Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson Sr. in a lengthy article by Pete Thamel and Thayer Evans today. This is probably our favorite exchange: You were at Penn State for almost 20 years. What will you do with all that gear?

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

"Coach J" stressed he's not bitter about being passed over for the head coaching job: What are your feelings toward Penn State? You obviously were interested in the job when it opened twice in the past few years.

Johnson: I'm not bitter about anything. 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.

The article is embedded in a tome of college football info; so if you're bored on this Tuesday afternoon, it's a definite time-sink. 


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Killer nuts's picture

Classy guy, time to stock up on the far more fashionable Scarlet and Grey Buckeye gear

rock flag and eagle's picture

Before he starts trying to outfit himself accordingly, he needs to learn Ohio State's actual colors.  His response to the next question was: When do you get used to putting on Ohio State gear after so many years at Penn State?

LJ: .....I've got on the red and look forward to wearing it moving forward.


Riggins's picture

I'm glad he's on board with being a full-time Buckeye, but the rational part of me thinks he'll regret that later in life.  He coached at Penn State for 20 years and will probably wish he hung on to some memorabilia to hang on the wall when his coaching days are through.

cronimi's picture

I for one would be shocked if he gave away or otherwise disposed of absolutely everything he has PSU-related. I'm sure he'll give up a lot of apparel because he can't be seen in it as an OSU coach. But I'm sure he'll keep a few mementos for himself, which he'll be able to pull out and display once he retires from the game.

tennbuckeye19's picture

Yeah, I doubt the guy's gonna get rid of all his PSU stuff, he just doesn't need a whole closet full of it anymore. He might not be a nostalgic person, but he had a lot of memories there, plus his son played there, so my guess is he keeps some of it.

AAStagg's picture

I like the "THE" shirt.  Are they common back in Ohio or is this a new thing?  [I'm in Maryland and have never seen one before]  Everybody in football knows who "THE" is and I like the idea a lot.  Would love to wear one to the Maryland game this fall.

Keep calm.  It's only a game.

HolyBuckeyeOSU's picture

I bought that shirt last May. One of my favorite shirts...bought mine at Finishline here at one of the Columbus Malls (Tuttle), Of course you have those people who don't understand that "THE" is for "THEE" in regards to OSU so people who are either trolls or just don't know always see my shirt and say "The?"
Come on kind of my response!

Go Buckeyes! 

NoVA Buckeye's picture

I saw a "THE." shirt with the period being a Buckeye sticker

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

otrain2416's picture

Coach Johnson,
I'll be having a bonfire this summer and am gladly accepting donations

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

BuckeyeChief's picture

On the other hand, this really has to suck for him. I am glad he is here though!

"2014 National with it!!!"

Idaho Helga's picture

It was a quick remark to what I think was an unexpected question.  Don't be silly, it's not all going to the Salvation Army.  He'll keep plenty.

Hovenaut's picture

It's going to be interesting to see what kind of reception "Happy Valley" gives Coach J upon his return.

I'm not optimistic that it'll be very welcoming.

Glad you're in Columbus, coach.

WOLFofOHIO's picture

im not shocked.. they're all farm animals up in happy valley..even BOB.

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

M Man's picture

Rich and Rita Rodriguez did it, and an auction of their Michigan-logo stuff netted a local Salvation Army more than $12,000.