Johnson close to leaving Georgia

ATHENS – There was no official news out of Georgia's football office Tuesday, but the Bulldogs are bracing to lose one of their assistant football coaches.

Tight ends coach David Johnson, one of the original members of head coach Mark Richt's staff, is expected to leave for an assistant coach's job at West Virginia, a source close to the situation said Tuesday.

Johnson is a native of Pittsburgh and was a four-year letterwinner for the Mountaineers from 1979-'83. He was the starting center in 1981 and 1982 and was a graduate assistant in Morgantown, W.Va., after his playing career. He joined Georgia's staff after coaching four seasons at Marshall in Huntington, W.Va.

Johnson interviewed with new West Virginia head coach Bill Stewart earlier this week for that team's offensive line position. Johnson applied to be Georgia's offensive line coach last year when Richt hired Stacy Searels to fill the position., which covers Mountaineer sports, has reported that Johnson will join the West Virginia staff. West Virginia representative Michael Fragale said Tuesday that no hire has been made for the offensive line job.

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