clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Seth Greenberg Fired: Former Assistant James Johnson To Be Hired As Virginia Tech Head Coach, According To Report

A former top assistant to recently-fired Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg will apparently get a crack at the school's head coaching job himself.

WSPA-TV, a CBS affiliate based in the Spartanburg/Greenville area of South Carolina, is reporting that Johnson will leave his assistant coaching position at Clemson to take the head coaching job in Blacksburg.

Johnson left Virginia Tech for Clemson earlier this month, and was the most prominent part of the staff turnover that many believe led to Greenberg's firing by the school on April 23. At the press conference announcing Greenberg's firing, Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver disclosed that the school had offered to match the salary given Johnson by Clemson in an attempt to get him to stay in Blacksburg, but Johnson had turned them down, saying the offer wasn't merely about money.

This will be Johnson's first head-coaching job. He also served as an assistant to Jim Larranaga at George Mason, serving on the staff during the Patriots' 2006 Final Four run.

For more on the firing of Seth Greenberg, stick with this StoryStream. For more on the Hokies, visit SB Nation's Virginia Tech Blog, Gobbler Country.