The hiring of James Johnson as the new basketball coach at Virginia Tech may be as much about the 2012-13 season as any down the road.
The Hokies were close to essentially having no team before various newspapers in Virginia reported the news Monday. Hiring Johnson means the program has some footing and the players threatening to leave will now matriculate in Blacksburg for next season.
Seth Greenberg was fired a week ago after two assistants and a basketball operations staffer had left for other jobs. Johnson, who began working for Greenberg in 2007, was one of those assistants. He left two weeks ago for a job at Clemson, turning down Techs offer at matching his new salary of 190,000. Johnson told athletic director Jim Weaver it wasnt about money.
As we learned last week, exit comments from the coaches didn't shine a positive light on Greenberg, and Weaver decided a head coach with no assistants a third assistant took a job at Old Dominion the day Greenberg was fired needed ...