Report: Johnson to coach Virginia Tech

Associated Press  |  Last updated April 30, 2012
Virginia Tech has chosen James Johnson to replace Seth Greenberg as its men's basketball coach. A person familiar with the talks told The Associated Press on Monday that Johnson will replace Greenberg after serving as his assistant for five years. Johnson left Virginia Tech on April 19 to take a similar job at Clemson. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the decision has not yet been announced. A formal announcement is expected Tuesday or Wednesday. Greenberg was fired April 23 after nine seasons and one NCAA tournament appearance. In announcing the dismissal, athletic director Jim Weaver said that among his concerns was the departure of six assistant coaches in a span of four years. Three assistants, and the director of basketball operations, left following this season. The only coach left on the staff after Greenberg was fired, John Richardson, was hired three hours later as an assistant on Blaine Taylor's staff at Old Dominion. Johnson was Greenberg's associate head coach this season, when the Hokies finished 16-17 and 4-12 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. He has never been a head coach, but his return to Blacksburg was celebrated by several Hokies players on Twitter. ''Yessss I'll be back next year,'' scoring leader Erick Green tweeted. ''Throwing a party tonight,'' power forward Cadarian Raines wrote, And Malcolm Delaney, the Hokies' No. 2 career scorer, tweeted: ''VTECH hired my guy JJ.. he finally will get his chance'' Johnson, 41, is viewed as a top recruiter who lured Dorian Finney-Smith, the Hokies' top recruit last season, to Blacksburg. It's hoped his return will allow the Hokies to maintain a semblance of stability on the recruiting trail, and to keep commitments from highly regarded 6-foot-7 Marshall Wood of Lynchburg, Va., and 6-7 forward Montrezl Harrell of Hargrave Military Academy. A native of Powhatan, Johnson began his coaching career at Longwood College in 1995-96, then spent a season as an assistant at Hargrave before moving to Old Dominion from 1997-2000. He also has coached at Elon, College of Charleston and Penn State, and was part of Jim Larranaga's staff at George Mason in 2006 when the Patriots made it all the way to the Final Four.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Gonzaga's Jordan Mathews long road back to the desert

Lonzo Ball on Markelle Fultz: ‘I’m better than him’

Harden: Playing every game should count in MVP discussion

Texans owner: We didn’t know Brock Osweiler well enough

Report: NFL approves automatic ejections for egregious hits to players' heads

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Video seems to show Teddy Bridgewater dropping back, passing

Cavallari shares photo of Cutler in birthday suit on Instagram

Lionel Messi’s suspension puts Argentina in danger of missing World Cup

Report: Chris Long signs one-year deal with Eagles

Witten signs four-year extension with Cowboys

Stan Van Gundy: Georgetown should go all-out to hire Ewing

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Serge Ibaka can't connect

Can the Padres' Christian Bethancourt really succeed at pitcher and catcher?

The Raiders will forever belong to Oakland

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Box Score 3/28: Wilt's last game

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

Best, worst and hard to stomach MLB offseason moves

The 28 craziest ballpark foods for the 2017 season

Best of Yardbarker: Did Team USA's victory save the World Baseball Classic?

Breaking down the Naismith Award race

Box Score 3/24: Waiting on West Virginia

Eat, Drink, Watch: Weekends are for upsets

College Basketball News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Serge Ibaka can't connect

Can the Padres' Christian Bethancourt really succeed at pitcher and catcher?

The Raiders will forever belong to Oakland

Best, worst and hard to stomach MLB offseason moves

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

Best of Yardbarker: Did Team USA's victory save the World Baseball Classic?

Breaking down the Naismith Award race

Eat, Drink, Watch: Weekends are for upsets

The 'Once again, Barry Bonds is the best power hitter in San Francisco' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker