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FCS Football Update: Youngstown State personnel director banned for leveling opposing receiver on sideline

March 03, 2021

A few weeks ago, we told you not to sleep on the FCS spring football season. First of all, it’s FCS and there’s always craziness and zaniness, like Deion Sanders claiming he got his cellphone stolen during his first game in charge of Jackson State only to find it in his office a few hours later. Second of all, it’s football in a football-less time, which always has some degree of value in American culture. We have no way of knowing if you heeded that advice, but if you didn’t, here’s just a taste of the storylines you’re missing out on:

Youngstown State Director of Player Personnel Tim Johnson has been banned from the sidelines for the remainder of the season after straight truck sticking UNI receiver Quan Hampton following a reception this weekend. Here’s the good stuff . . .

. . . and here’s the Johnson’s statement on the incident.

“I apologize to UNI, Youngstown State, the Missouri Valley Football Conference and our community for what occurred on Saturday. 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.”

If you haven’t already guessed, Johnson is a former linebacker. He played for the Penguins between 1997-2001 before going on to have a nine-year professional career in the NFL, NFL Europe (remember that?), and CFL. In other words, he can hardly be blamed for his actions. This was instinctual; practically a chemical reaction. You get a shot at an undersized receiver coming over the middle, you take it and deal with the repercussions later. That's just linebacker code.

We’re sure Johnson regrets his actions, but we sure don’t. This is the kind of thing that makes DII football great. So we’ll see you all on Saturday, bright and early. You bring the chips, we’ll supply the beer.