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YSU reprimands coach after sideline incident

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State University Director of Player Personnel Tim Johnson will not be permitted on the sidelines for the remainder of the spring football season, Youngstown State and the Missouri Valley Football Conference announced on Monday.

The reprimand comes two days after Johnson appeared to lower his shoulder and knock a University of Northern Iowa football player to the ground as he was running out of bounds. The incident occurred during the Penguins’ game against UNI on Saturday in Youngstown. The UNI player was not injured on the play, and a penalty was not called.

“I apologize to UNI, Youngstown State, the Missouri Valley Football Conference and our community for what occurred on Saturday,” Johnson said in a statement. “As a member of the YSU Football staff, my actions are held in high regard and that should have never occurred. Again, I deeply apologize to all who have been impacted by my actions.”

A former All-American linebacker for the Penguins in 1999 and 2000, Johnson played six seasons in the NFL. He is in his first season as a member of the Youngstown State football staff.

YSU continues its campaign on Saturday at Stambaugh Stadium against Southern Illinois.

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