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Virginia Tech fires James Johnson after two seasons

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

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Virginia Tech has fired head coach James Johnson after two seasons, sources told CBSSports.com.

The school subsequently confirmed the news with a release.

“I want to thank Coach Johnson for his dedication and hard work for our university and our basketball program over the past seven years,” athletic director Whit Babcock said. “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.”

Johnson was hired in 2012 to replace Seth Greenberg. He had been an assistant coach under Greenberg for five seasons before leaving to take a job at Clemson. Less than two weeks later, Johnson returned to Blacksburg as the head coach.

In two seasons, Johnson has gone 22-41 overall, 6-30 in the ACC. The Hokies won just two league games this season, beating Miami twice.

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