It appears that Larry Johnson and Ron Vanderlinden could both be getting job promotions for leaving Penn State.
And both could be coaching against the Nittany Lions this season.
On Wednesday, Johnson was announced by Ohio State as its new defensive line coach and assistant head coach. That may make more sense to Penn State fans who wondered why he would have left for a lateral move to the rival Buckeyes.
Johnson is surely due a substantial pay raise to be second-in-command under Urban Meyer. Johnson was a 18-year veteran of the Penn State staff and a highly-valued recruiter and defensive line tutor. The only time he served as more than a position coach, though, was the nine days between Bill O’Brien’s departure and James Franklin’s hiring.
Meanwhile, Vanderlinden, a top Penn State linebackers coach since 2000, interviewed for the open defensive coordinator’s spot at Rutgers, according to a report at NJ.com. Former Boston College head coach Frank Spaziani, a former Nittany Lion, also reportedly interviewed.
However, Robb Smith may have the edge to return to his previous position at Rutgers after spending a year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Vanderlinden, who has mentored several NFL standouts, left the Lions shortly after this past season.
Penn State travels to Rutgers on Sept. 13 for the Scarlet Knights’ first-ever Big Ten game. Ohio State comes to Beaver Stadium on Oct. 25.