OSU Release: Johnson Resigns Strength Post

Ohio State issues a release to announce Allan Johnson's departure as the director of football strength and conditioning.

It was a move that had been widely speculated on for at least a week.

In fact, WBNS-AM (1460) reported earlier this week that Allan Johnson was leaving his position as Ohio State's director of football strength and conditioning.

But the school had not confirmed that news until it issued a release this afternoon.

It was not immediately clear when OSU would act to fill the strength and conditioning coaching position. Johnson spent time previously with the West Virginia football program and also with baseball's Baltimore Orioles.

He was originally assisted at OSU by Bernardo Ammerson, a former WVU player, and Mike Cochran, who handled strength duties for Tressel at Youngstown State. Cochran left for the strength job at Marshall last year, opening the door for former OSU track star Butch Reynolds to join the staff.

Some have speculated that Cochran, who was popular with some OSU players, could have a chance to replace Johnson.

Here is the release from OSU Athletic Communications:

Allan Johnson, Ohio State's director of football strength and conditioning, has announced his resignation to pursue other career opportunities. Johnson, whose resignation takes effect Aug. 31, has been a member of the Ohio State staff since the summer of 2001.

"I've really enjoyed my years here at Ohio State," Johnson said. "I want to thank Coach (Jim) Tressel for the opportunity to be part of this program the past five seasons. The 2002 National Championship and three BCS games are something I will never forget. I would also like to thank all the great people in the Ohio State athletics department.

"At this point in my career, though, I would like the chance to pursue other opportunities, including getting into athletic administration, motivational speaking and consulting."

"I would like to thank Al for his dedicated service to our program over the last five seasons," said Tressel. "It was obvious to me any time we took the field we were the best conditioned team out there. Much of the credit for our success over the past five seasons goes to Al Johnson and his staff."

Tressel said a national search will begin immediately for Johnson's successor.

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