“Once in awhile, we have a few players come over if they don’t have anywhere to go,” Johnson said. “But once you become the head coach, less and less come over.”
Johnson has two brothers in North Carolina, but one was going to be with their mother and the other was to be with his wife's family. Johnson anticipated a dinner at home with wife Susan and daughter Kaitlyn, back from Arizona, where she is in a young-artist program with the Arizona Opera.
As he has been preoccupied with upcoming games through his career, there isn’t much in the way of Johnson family Thanksgiving traditions.
“When Kaitlyn was small, I think she and I used to go to a movie or something, but we haven’t done that (recently),” Johnson said. “She’s kind of got her own thing now.”