Youngstown State has banned director of player personnel Tim Johnson from the team sidelines after making contact with an opposing team player on Saturday.
The school and the Missouri Valley Conference – the conference the Penguins attend – released a joint statement on Monday saying Johnson would not be allowed to sit on the sidelines for the remainder of the spring season. Johnson is a former American linebacker for Youngstown State who racked up 401 career tackles and qualified in the NFL, spending six seasons in the league with the Bears, Raiders and Ravens.
He’s in his first year as first-year head coach Doug Phillips.
“I apologize to (the University of Northern Iowa), Youngstown State, the Missouri Valley Football Conference and our community for what happened on Saturday,” the statement read. Johnson. “As a member of the YSU Football staff my actions are held in high regard and this should never have happened. Once again, I deeply apologize to all who were touched by my actions. . “
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The incident occurred after Quan Hampton of northern Iowa (five receptions, 74 yards) caught a pass and advanced the ball past midfield; at the end of the clip, Johnson is seen bending over and bending over Hampton, throwing the Panthers receiver to the ground. No penalty was issued and Johnson remained on the sidelines.
Here’s another angle of the contact, courtesy of Yahoo! Sports:
Northern Iowa won the game 21-0, dropping to 1-1 on the season; Youngstown State is now 0-2 after losing to North Dakota State.