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Johnson banned from Youngstown State sideline

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State 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.

Video shows Johnson lowering his shoulder to hit Northern Iowa receiver Quan Hampton, who was knocked to the ground after running out of bounds.

“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.”

Johnson is is in first season on the coaching staff. He was an All-American linebacker for the YSU in 2000 and played with the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII.

YSU will host Southern Illinois at noon Saturday.

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