Johnson began his career as a college assistant coach at Louisiana Tech in 1965 and earned his first head coaching job in 1979 with Oklahoma State. After spending five seasons there, he became the head coach at the University of Miami in 1984.
"Having spent the majority of my career in college, this is a tremendous honor," Johnson said. "When I look back . . . in the entire career, the most fun that I ever had was at the University of Miami."
In five seasons at Miami (1984-88), Johnson posted a 52-9 record and led the Hurricanes to the national championship in 1987. That season, UM posted a perfect 12-0 record and knocked off six nationally ranked teams, including a 20-14 victory over then-No. 1 Oklahoma in the
After the team went 8-5 in his first year as head coach, UM strung together four consecutive seasons in which it won 10 or more games.
Johnson's career collegiate record is 81-34-3.
Other former UM personnel in the college hall: Coach Jack Harding, coach Andy Gustafson, Defensive end
There are also four former Hurricanes who are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but not in the college hall: center
Johnson, a two-time