KU football interim HC countdown: No. 9, Justin Johnson

Kansas wide receiver Chase Harrell (3) celebrates with teammates and offensive analyst Justin Johnson after his touchdown catch during the second quarter on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at Peden Stadium in Athens, Ohio.

Kansas wide receiver Chase Harrell (3) celebrates with teammates and offensive analyst Justin Johnson after his touchdown catch during the second quarter on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at Peden Stadium in Athens, Ohio. by Nick Krug

In the event Kansas decides to turn to an interim head coach at some point this season, I'm doing a series of blogs counting down to the most assistant coach on David Beaty's who would make the most sense to take on interim duties, should it come to that.

Receivers coach Justin “Juice” Johnson is in his first season as an on-field, recruiting assistant coach after spending a total of four years in office jobs at the football programs of Houston, Texas A&M and Kansas.

Johnson played for Kevin Sumlin at Houston and as a senior led the 13-1 Cougars with 87 receptions, 1,229 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. He earned first-team All-Conference USA honors.

A native of Richardson, Texas, Johnson graduated from Houston in December of 2011 kinesiology/sports administration.

A Reggie Jackson doppelganger, Johnson is the program’s sixth wide receivers coach in six seasons: 2013: Rob Ianello; 2014: Eric Kiesau; 2015: Klint Kubiak; 2016: Jason Phillips; 2017: Doug Meacham.

As a rookie assistant coach, Johnson lacks the experience to be considered for interim head coach, should Kansas need one.

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John Fitzgerald

This will definitely be an interesting countdown. But in my mind the only option is Tony Hull. And heck, Long could end up giving Beaty an extension by seasons end even after going 0-12. Kansas fans would be upset but we wouldn't be surprised.

2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Jason Venable

"Long could end up giving Beaty an extension by seasons end even after going 0-12."

This is absolutely the most absurd comment, to date, I have read on here. WTF???

2 months, 2 weeks ago

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John Fitzgerald

I was obviously joking...

2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Len Shaffer

If Zenger was still there, it wouldn't be such a joke.

2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Jeff Coffman

Tony Hull as the interim...I assume that is a joke as well. Don't we have a position coach as the Head Coach today...how's that working out?

It'll be one of the co-defensive coordinators, Meacham (likely), or the special teams coach, because it causes the least amount of interruption the coaching staff. If I had to guess, I'd put the Miller (1), Meacham (2), and whoever the special teams coach is at (3). Oh and on the joking side, have to go with Mangino as (4).

2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Pius Waldman

Interesting but strictly assuming what could happen. Best might be to cheer and watch the games and what happens will happen.

2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Jeff Coffman

Cheer what? The coach calling a timeout at the incorrect time. Benching someone at key moments of the game? Giving up a facemask call after a big tackle for a loss?

Help us please.

2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Bryson Stricker

Interesting that you put him ahead of Ricker. In terms of qualifications, I think Ricker "makes the most sense" (your words, not mine). But then again, he's a mizzou grad and that may be an all time low for Kansas Athletics lmfao.

2 months, 2 weeks ago

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['']

Uhhhh....so far Ricker's unit has performed MOST pathetically. Other than the coaching staff....why should Ricker be higher?

2 months, 2 weeks ago

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David Kemp

You’re right. Hopefully in this week of practice they will learn how to pick up a blitz

2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Mike Hart

Why should Rocket be any higher? Uh... because he had a track record As a COACH maybe?

2 months, 2 weeks ago

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['']

Hasn't proved it yet....

2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Mike Hart

Oh... I see.. and Justin Johnson has. . His previous experience is 2 years at KU as an offensive analyst, and now this year, he is a for the first time in his career a coach assisting with the wide receivers... and Sims dropped a TD pass, I guess using your logic, that is Johnson's fault, as he too therefore hasn't proven anything yet. Let's list him as a potential interim HC. Simply ludicrous... Let's be real: There are 4 possibilities within the staff as an interim HC: Bowen (as he has held the role before), Tony Hull, Doug Meacham and perhaps most interesting: Bill Miller with all of his 35-40 years of coaching experience, working with Nick Saban, Butch Davis and others. Talk of anyone else on KU's coaching staff as a potential interim HC is simply fluff. If Keegan is going to do 10 candidates, then I guess we will be hearing about Kenny Perry, Garret Riley, Jesse Williams, Cassius Sendish, etc....

2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Jack Hoff

I actually hope Bowen gets the interim gig again in the event that Beaty is fired early. I thought he did a good job last time he was given the opportunity. May be a much better head coach than he is a defensive coordinator. I recall being impressed by the way he handled his interviews and looking at the scores; KU played more competitively in the BIG 12 than they did with Weis, Turner or Beaty. Beat Iowa State, shoulda beat TCU and played quite a few close games.

2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Jeff Coffman

Embarrassing...1-7 his first time around and you want him to continue. He has been here for at least 5 years and he has recruited the entire defense on the squad. He hasn't had a top 100 defense since he has been here. He should have been shown the door before Beaty, but now the Killer Bs need to leave (hopefully together).

2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Brad Watson

Stop the countdown....its just wrong on a lot of levels.....we need a new coach.....we all know that....its great to give our opinions and suggestions......but this is not responsible journalism.....please cease...Tom ...you are better than this!

2 months, 2 weeks ago

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