James Johnson fired as VT men's basketball coach

James Johnson fired as VT men's basketball coach
March 17, 2014, 1:15 pm
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(Associated Press)

Virginia Tech fired men's basketball coach James Johnson after two seasons, Athletic Director Whit Babcock announced on Monday.

The Hokies went 9-22 this past season including a last place 2-16 in the ACC. Johnson finished 22-41 in his two seasons.

“I want to thank Coach Johnson for his dedication and hard work for our university and our basketball program over the past seven years,” Babcock said in a statement on the Hokies' website. “A change of this significance affects many people and is never taken lightly, but I felt a change and a new direction was necessary for the long term, best interest of our department.”

Previously Johnson spent five seasons as an assistant under former Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg. He accepted an assistant position before returning to Blacksburg following the school firing Greenberg.

Johnson could not keep recruit Montrezl Harrell with the program and Dorian Finney-Smith transferred. The two forwards will play in the NCAA Tournament for Louisville and Florida respectively.

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