Johnson excited to coach at Arkansas, in the SEC

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Taver Johnson says the chance to continue coaching with Arkansas defensive coordinator Paul Haynes was too much to pass up.

Johnson, the new Razorbacks linebackers coach/assistant head coach, left his job as the cornerbacks coach at Ohio State when he was hired at Arkansas on Sunday. He rejoins Haynes, who left the Buckeyes last month to join the Razorbacks.

Johnson spent five seasons at Ohio State and was retained following Urban Meyer's hiring last month.

However, the allure of coaching in the Southeastern Conference and taking on additional coaching duties -- along with Haynes' presence and an Arkansas program that has won 21 games the last two seasons -- won out.

Johnson replaces Reggie Johnson, who left to become the defensive coordinator at Alabama-Birmingham.