Youngstown State has banned player staff director Tim Johnson from the team’s sidelines after making contact with an opposing team’s player on Saturday.
The school and the Missouri Valley Conference – the conference the penguins attend – released a joint statement Monday that said Johnson would not be allowed to stand on the sidelines for the remainder of the spring season. Johnson is a retired All-American linebacker from Youngstown State who earned 401 career tackles and was promoted to the NFL. He spent six seasons in the league with the Bears, Raiders and Ravens.
He is in his first year in the role under the 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,” said Johnson’s statement. “As an employee of YSU Football, my actions are held in high regard and that should never have happened. I once again apologize deeply to everyone who was affected by my actions.”
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The incident came after Quan Hampton of Northern Iowa (five receptions, 74 yards) caught a pass and knocked the ball past midfield. At the end of the clip, Johnson can be seen leaning in Hampton and knocking the Panthers receiver to the ground. No penalty was imposed and Johnson was left on the sidelines.
Here’s another angle of the contact, courtesy of Yahoo! Sports:
Northern Iowa won the game 21-0 and rose to 1-1 that season. Youngstown State are now 2-0 after losing to North Dakota State.