Johnson to return to Virginia Tech as head coach

Blacksburg, VA (WWBT)- Two weeks ago, Virginia Tech assistant basketball coach James Johnson left the Hokies for an assistant job at Clemson for longtime friend Brad Brownell.  Now, Johnson is on his way back to Blacksburg, this time to take the head job.

Multiple reports say that Johnson will replace Seth Greenberg as the Hokies' head men's basketball coach.  Johnson was an assistant for five season under Greenberg, but departed for Clemson earlier this month.  Greenberg had seen six assistants leave in the last four years, including three this year, which was cited as a main reason for his firing by Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver.

Weaver thinks highly of Johnson, who has never been a head coach.  He tried to convince him to stay when Johnson announced he was leaving for Clemson, offering to match his salary, but Johnson informed him that it was not about the money.

Johnson, a Virginia native from Powhatan, began at Virginia Tech in 2007. He previously served as an assistant at George Mason, Penn State, College of Charleston, Elon and Old Dominion.

An official announcement from Virginia Tech is expected Tuesday or Wednesday.

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