Larry Johnson wants to be Penn State's next coach

Written by Matt Paul and Radio Pennsylvania | Jan 3, 2014 2:55 PM

(State College) -- Interim head coach Larry Johnson plans to apply for the job at Penn State.

The long-time defensive line coach says he thinks the time is right.

"Why not? Why not Larry Johnson?" he asks. "I've been here 18 years and I think I know the lay of the land very well."

"But right now the focus is not about me, it's really about our players, and our future players, and that's my concentration right now," he explained on a Friday afternoon conference call with reporters. "I'm not worried about what's going to happen with Larry Johnson, I'm worried about keeping this program moving forward."

Johnson says he's been in touch with the 19 members of the Nittany Lions 2014 recruiting class, but did not divulge details of those conversations.

He previously interviewed for the top job in 2011.

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