Larry Johnson is one of the more courteous and mild-mannered coaches in college football, but obviously the Ohio State defensive line coach has had enough of a recurring rumor about his possible retirement the past month or so.

“Apparently there is misinformation about my future,” Johnson wrote on his Twitter account, @R2X_Rushmen1 on Friday. “I want to make a bold statement that I am not going anywhere and I’m proud to be a Buckeye. #Buckeyes #RushmenForLife”

Johnson was hired by OSU coach Urban Meyer in 2014 after Johnson’s 18-season stint at Penn State. His coaching career spans more than 40 years.

The rumor likely was a product of the recruiting trail where OSU currently has the No. 1-ranked 2018 class in the country, based on prospects who have issued commitments. The Buckeyes this week gained a pledge from four-star defensive lineman Tommy Togiai of Pocatello, Idaho, with Togiai’s family later posting a video on social media showing the ecstasy of Johnson and Meyer, who were in the midst of an in-home visit with Togiai when he gave them the news.

Tommy Togiai committed to OSU on the spot and Urban Meyer couldn't hide his excitement (via Talalelei Togiai/FB)

— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) December 14, 2017

There was some conjecture in recruiting circles whether the recent de-commitment of five-star defensive end Brenton Cox of Stockbridge, Georgia, from the OSU class was a product of the Johnson retirement rumor, though Cox hasn’t said that.


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