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Johnson won't return to Penn State

Longtime Penn State assistant coach Larry Johnson will not return to the program for the 2014 season, sources confirmed to Lions247 on Monday. Johnson was offered a spot on James Franklin's new staff but declined the position.

Johnson himself later confirmed the news.

"It comes to the point where it's time to move on and hopefully embark on a new journey if I can," Johnson said on Monday evening.

Johnson, who was named the interim head coach when Bill O'Brien left for the NFL, interviewed for the vacant head coaching spot last week. Franklin was officially named to the post on Saturday.

The veteran assistant spent 19 years on the Penn State staff, with the final 15 as the Nittany Lions' defensive line coach. He was responsible for the development of seven All-Americans and several more All-Big Ten players, a list which included Jimmy Kennedy, Michael Haynes, Tamba Hali, Aaron Maybin, Jared Odrick, Devon Still, Jordan Hill and most recently DaQuan Jones.

Link: Larry Johnson's DT Factory

His sons, Larry and Tony, both played for the Nittany Lions.

Prior to joining the Penn State staff, Johnson was a prominent head coach on the high school level in Maryland. He won three Division 3A state titles at Pomfret (Md.) McDonough in an eight-year stretch.

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