With Bobby Petrino on administrative leave from his position as Arkansas head coach, assistant head coach Taver Johnson will become the Razorbacks' acting head coach. But even college football diehards may be asking "Who is Taver Johnson?" It's understandable: Johnson had never been even a coordinator at a BCS auto-bid conference school before today.
Johnson, a 1994 graduate of Wittenberg University, has been in coaching for 19 years, and came to Arkansas from Ohio State, where he served as cornerbacks coach from 2007 to 2011. Johnson was reunited with fellow former Buckeyes coach Paul Haynes in Fayetteville; the two worked together coaching Ohio State's secondary for much of the last five years, with Johnson coaching corners and Haynes coaching safeties and serving as the Buckeyes' co-defensive coordinator.
Prior to his time at Ohio State, Johnson served as defensive coordinator and assistant head coach at Miami (Ohio) in 2005 and 2006 and as the RedHawks' linebackers coach from 2000 to 2003, and spent a season as the Cleveland Browns' special teams coach in 2004.