I'm sorry, what the hell? This has to be the most underreported story of 2021 so far. A Northern Iowa receiver made a nice catch and run in the Panthers' game against Youngstown State on Saturday before getting out of bounds and then getting a nice hit from a member of the YSU coaching staff.
Youngstown State — YSU 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.
Tim Johnson Statement: "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."
A former All-American for the Penguins, Johnson is in his first season as a member of the Youngstown State football staff.
That last sentence really caught my eye. This was Tim Johnson's second-ever game as a member of the YSU staff and he decided to go full Leeroy Jenkins on an opposing player. I guess he saw a guy in the wrong jersey coming at him and instinct took over.
The craziest part is there's a ref looking right at it and he didn't throw a flag. That would have been a personal foul even if a player on the field had delivered that hit, let alone the only guy near the UNI player wearing khakis.
You gotta have your head on a swivel in FCS spring football. All the haters who said it would be boring and dumb to have FCS teams playing in February and March because it doesn't mean anything can pop that tape on and tell me these guys aren't out there giving their all for a championship. Although I think we'd all agree some of them are taking it a little bit too far.