Larry Johnson Was Set to Become First Black Ohio State Head Coach

By Kevin Harrish on November 27, 2020 at 5:36 pm
Larry Johnson

With Ryan Day out this week following a positive COVID-19 test, Ohio State tabbed defensive line coach Larry Johnson as its interim head coach – a move that would have made history.

Johnson was set to become the first Black head coach in Ohio State football history during Saturday's game against Illinois, but he will no longer get that chance as the game was canceled due to an increased number of positive COVID-19 tests within the Buckeye football program.

There is still a slight chance Johnson could make the historic milestone if next week's game between Ohio State and Michigan State is able to be played. Day will still be in isolation in accordance with CDC guidelines and Johnson would be tabbed to lead the team against the Spartans.

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