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Virginia Tech Hires Former Greenberg Assistant As New Head Basketball Coach

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Virginia Tech's new head coach is a former assistant for recently fired Seth Greenberg. (Credit: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Virginia Tech’s new head coach is a former assistant for recently fired Seth Greenberg. (Credit: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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A week after firing Seth Greenberg, Virginia Tech has found its next baskestball coach.

Only, new coach wouldn’t be an appropriate term for the hiring of James Johnson, who is returning after leaving just two weeks prior to having a cup of coffee as an assistant coach at Clemson. A very small cup of coffee.

According to reports, James Johnson interviewed over the weekend with Virginia Tech. Shortly thereafter, he told Brad Brownell, the head coach of Clemson that he was returning to Blacksburg for a promotion.

The news comes one week after Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver announced the firing of Greenberg, ending his 9-year, 1-NCAA tournament appearance tenure as the Hokies head coach.

Weaver said last week that he tried to convince Johnson to stay when he learned of the Clemson job, even offering to match his salary offer, but Johnson said it was not about the money.

Johson was a valued assistant at Tech for five years when the team averaged more than 20 wins per season. He’s also coached at College of Charleston, Elon, George Mason, Old Dominion and Penn State.

Weaver said upon firing Greenberg last week that the rest of the athletic department had a “family environment” and the basketball program did not, an environment James Johnson has more than likely been commisioned to instill as the new Virginia Tech head basketball coach.

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