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January 2, 2003 | By Ray Parrillo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Apparently, it wasn't enough for Larry Johnson to end his Penn State career as the most prolific single-season runner in school history, with the Doak Walker Award as the nation's best running back tucked under one arm, and the Maxwell Club's player-of-the-year award tucked under the other. The gifted fifth-year senior also decided to end it by burnishing his image as an angry, sullen young man who holds just about everyone accountable for hard times but himself. And by discrediting his opponents.
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October 8, 1992 | by Ted Taylor, Special to the Daily News
Larry Johnson, one of the NBA's newest stars, admits he wasn't into card- collecting when he was a youngster. "No," he said with a sheepish grin, "we collected bicycles . . . and my mama wasn't very happy about that, either. " I recently had the opportunity to spend a couple of days with the Charlotte Hornets forward who was the 1991-92 Rookie of the Year. He was in New York in conjunction with the announcement that he had signed with Fleer as spokesman for its 1992-92 basketball cards.
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December 6, 2003 | Daily News Wire Services
Chiefs running back Larry Johnson pleaded innocent yesterday to charges that he threatened a former girlfriend with a handgun and slapped her in the face. "We vehemently deny that he threatened her or touched her in any way, shape or form," Johnson's attorney, Kevin Regan said after the player entered his plea via closed-circuit television from jail in Olathe, Kan. Johnson's bond was set at $5,000. "It's all up in the air," Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil said. "I feel sorry for the kid, but I feel it's going to all turn out favorably for him when it's all evaluated.
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October 6, 2012 | Associated Press
Former NFL running back Larry Johnson was arrested early Friday at a Las Vegas Strip resort after an ex-girlfriend told police he choked her into unconsciousness and left her in her underwear in a hotel hallway. Larry Alphonso Johnson Jr., 32, was being held on $15,000 bail at the Clark County jail pending an initial court appearance on a domestic violence charge that could get him a minimum of two years in state prison if he is convicted. Johnson was arrested about 4:30 a.m. at the Bellagio resort, according to a police report that said Johnson and the woman had been drinking alcohol before the altercation, and that the woman had marks on her face and bruises on her neck.
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January 15, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Larry Johnson, the longest-tenured assistant coach in the Penn State football program and one of the nation's top recruiters, has turned down an offer by new head coach James Franklin to be on his staff and will leave the Nittany Lions, the Harrisburg Patriot-News reported Monday night. Johnson, 61, who spent 18 years at Penn State as an assistant, the last 14 as defensive line coach under Joe Paterno and Bill O'Brien, said he twice met with the new boss and was told he could continue in his position, the newspaper said.
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October 22, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Larry Johnson earned a reputation as an outstanding recruiter, an elite defensive line coach, and an excellent role model for college football players during his 18 seasons as a Penn State assistant - 16 to Joe Paterno and two to Bill O'Brien. But when the athletic administration of the university looked to hire a new head coach, officials twice passed over him in favor of O'Brien in 2012 and James Franklin last January. Johnson then said goodbye to Happy Valley, not knowing where his next job would be. A new job, however, surfaced almost immediately when Ohio State coach Urban Meyer asked him to become assistant head coach and defensive line coach, meaning fans of Johnson over the years will be shaking their heads Saturday night to see him on the visitors sideline at Beaver Stadium wearing the scarlet and gray of the Buckeyes.
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October 11, 2001 | Daily News Wire Services
The New York Knicks and Larry Johnson finalized a buyout agreement yesterday that ends the 10-year veteran's NBA career. Johnson will receive the remaining $28.8 million owed on his contract, his agent said. Chronic back problems forced Johnson's retirement. He did not report to training camp. Johnson, who along with Allan Houston had been with the team longer than any player except Charlie Ward, was one of the Knicks' captains. The 32-year-old forward was drafted by Charlotte out of UNLV in 1991.
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November 25, 2002 | By Ray Parrillo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After their stomachs are full and the chatter among family and friends has quieted, Larry Johnson Sr. and his sons, Larry Jr. and Tony, gather in front of a television in their State College home and watch a videotape of that day's Penn State game. "We just watch it to enjoy it as a family," Larry Johnson Sr. said. "It's nice. " The tape of Saturday's 61-7 win over Michigan State at Beaver Stadium was of particular interest to the elder Johnson. As the Nittany Lions' defensive line coach, he was instructing his players when Larry Jr. brought the crowd of 108,755 to its feet with a 38-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter.
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May 1, 1998 | By Stephen A. Smith, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
You wanted a war? You got one. New York and Miami provided just that last night when Knicks forward Larry Johnson and Heat center Alonzo Mourning ended Game 4 by getting into a fistfight with 1.4 seconds remaining in regulation, setting the stage for the decisive game in the best-of-five series, as the Knicks ended up with a 90-85 win in front of 19,763 at Madison Square Garden. Both Johnson and Allan Houston finished with 18 points. John Starks, who flew in after visiting his cancer-stricken mother in Tulsa, Okla.
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June 8, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
A barrage of shots in Point Breeze on Saturday afternoon left one man dead and police searching for the gunman. Police had not released the name of the 43-year-old victim by Saturday night, but they said he was shot multiple times about 2 p.m. on the 2300 block of Oakford Street. He was taken to Presbyterian Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:19, police said. The killing happened directly outside the home of Henrietta Graham, who said she heard the victim arguing with someone.
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October 29, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - Former defensive coordinator Tom Bradley spent more than 3 decades at Penn State. About one-third of that time was spent with Larry Johnson by his side. In their time on the staff, Bradley, now an assistant head coach at West Virginia, and Johnson helped forge dominating defenses. "When we worked together, it was always about the team," Bradley said. The same remains true for Johnson, even though that team is no longer Penn State. From 1996 to 2013, Johnson roamed the Beaver Stadium sideline as an assistant coach.
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October 29, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - After nearly 2 decades on the Penn State sideline, Larry Johnson is familiar with sold-out Beaver Stadium whiteouts. He has seen the sea of white. He has heard the maddening cheers. He has felt that electric environment quite a few times. For this year's edition of the whiteout, Penn State (4-2) welcomes No. 13 Ohio State (5-1) for a prime-time matchup tomorrow on ABC. Now on the Ohio State coaching staff, Johnson knows what to expect. "It will be loud," Johnson said.
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October 22, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Larry Johnson earned a reputation as an outstanding recruiter, an elite defensive line coach, and an excellent role model for college football players during his 18 seasons as a Penn State assistant - 16 to Joe Paterno and two to Bill O'Brien. But when the athletic administration of the university looked to hire a new head coach, officials twice passed over him in favor of O'Brien in 2012 and James Franklin last January. Johnson then said goodbye to Happy Valley, not knowing where his next job would be. A new job, however, surfaced almost immediately when Ohio State coach Urban Meyer asked him to become assistant head coach and defensive line coach, meaning fans of Johnson over the years will be shaking their heads Saturday night to see him on the visitors sideline at Beaver Stadium wearing the scarlet and gray of the Buckeyes.
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January 16, 2014 | BY STEPHEN PIANOVICH, For the Daily News
STATE COLLEGE - Penn State football players went home for winter break a month ago with a young, well-liked head coach in charge of the program. While it was James Franklin's bald head and glasses at the front of a team meeting room Sunday instead of Bill O'Brien's buzz cut and dimpled chin, the sentiment still rang true when the Nittany Lions returned to campus this week. Current Penn State players formally addressed the media yesterday for the first time since the coaching switch, and all had strong perceptions of their new head coach, who officially was hired Saturday.
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January 16, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Big Ten rivalry between Penn State and Ohio State got a little more enthralling Tuesday amid reports that former Nittany Lions assistant coach Larry Johnson has accepted a job as defensive line coach of the Buckeyes. Sports Illustrated and ESPN.com reported Ohio State's hiring of Johnson, who spent 18 seasons as a Penn State assistant, the last 14 as defensive line coach. Johnson said Monday he was leaving the Nittany Lions even though new coach James Franklin had asked him to continue to lead the defensive line.
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January 15, 2014 | BY STEPHEN PIANOVICH, For the Daily News
STATE COLLEGE - Penn State has a fresh face to lead its football program, but lost its most seasoned coach yesterday. Larry Johnson, who was with Penn State as an assistant for 18 years, will not be a part of James Franklin's new staff, the Patriot-News reported yesterday. Johnson spent the last 14 years as the defensive line coach. The newspaper reported that Johnson was offered the same position on Franklin's staff, but turned it down. "I've thought a lot about this, I've prayed about it and this is what I want to do," Johnson told the newspaper.
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January 10, 2014 | BY STEPHEN PIANOVICH, For the Daily News
STATE COLLEGE - James Franklin is expected to become Penn State's 16th head football coach, according to multiple reports. As of last night, there was no official word from Penn State or Franklin, the 41-year-old Vanderbilt coach who reportedly interviewed for and was offered the job Wednesday night at a home he owns in Destin, Fla. CBSsports.com and ESPN reported Franklin's expected hiring yesterday - a day when Franklin reportedly had...
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